Legal Studies

TYPE: Major
DEGREE: B.A./B.S.
DEPARTMENT: Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department

LOCATION: On-Campus
MINOR,CONCENTRATIONS: Legal Studies - Criminal Justice
4-YEAR PATHWAY SAMPLE: Graduate in 4 Years

General Description

Law increasingly determines how we organize our lives. Those who study law cannot afford to be mere technicians, but must be able to analyze, evaluate, understand, and critique law.

Investigate legal rights and responsibilities of citizens in the United States and analyze their ethical dimensions.

Develop good citizenship and civic engagement with the ideas of justice and the norms of fairness and constitutionalism through debate, simulations, small-group discussion, collaborative learning, and one-on-one interactions with instructors.

*A criminal justice concentration is also available within the legal studies major.

Program Outcomes

Through a major in minor in legal studies at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Gain insight and skills in college that assure success late in law school

  • Gain a general framework of knowledge, ideas and thought regarding the American legal system
  • Be able to conduct legal research and write legal text

Career Opportunities

With a degree in legal studies from UW-Superior, you can continue on to law school to become a lawyer or find a career as a:

  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Court administrator
  • Court clerk
  • FBI agent
  • Government relations director
  • Investigator
  • Legal consultant
  • Lobbyist

Did You Know?

  • Students are guaranteed an internship placement in places such as a district attorney or public defender's office.
  • Since UW-Superior started its legal studies program in 1997, its graduates have had an impressive record of gaining admission to law school and finding employment.
  • An impressive 95-percent of UW-Superior graduates that enter law school complete their degree.
  • UW-Superior's Mock Trial team has regularly been asked to compete in regional and national competitions at the highest level of forensic skill and ability.
  • Students can join UW-Superior's Mock Trial team or the Pre-Law Society as extracurricular activities.
  • Class of: 2014
    It was rewarding to put my experience from being a student employee and taking what I have learned in the classroom and putting that into action. Read more.
  • Class of: 2018
    Superior is home, and for me, UW­-Superior is the only university I would be so proud to get a Legal Studies bachelor’s degree from. Read more.
  • Class of: 2017
    I liked the family atmosphere on campus - I noticed that right away." Read more.

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