LEGAL-BA - Legal Studies
The Legal Studies major provides an excellent background for students interested in pursuing professional careers within the legal system. The major takes a liberal arts approach to the discipline, strongly incorporating the Connected Learning philosophy of the University. Each major culminates in the senior year with a year- long Capstone Experience. This experience includes both a full year Justice Studies Internship and a full year Senior Capstone class. The Legal Studies major is uniquely prepared to conduct legal research and other professional work in government, the courts, agencies, and businesses. Legal Studies students also participate in a series of on-campus "mock trials." Lasell students also have the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate competitions such as the American Mock Trial Association Program and the John Marshall School of Law Undergraduate Mock Trial Competition. The program also offers an introduction to the study of law for students interested in entering law school, as many Legal Studies graduates pursue graduate or law school degrees. There is also a Pre-Law advising program (described elsewhere in the Catalog) housed in the Justice Studies department that provides advising assistance for students considering law school. Lasell University is a certified location for administering the "LSAT, the Law School Admission Test. In addition the University is a site for the administration of the “MPRE,” the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam. This test is required by all new practicing students of the law.
Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies.
By planning early in consultation with an academic advisor, students may be able to reduce the time it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies to 3 or 3½ years.