Legal Studies Concentration

In addition to the general history major, a concentration in legal studies is available. In partnership with the Cumberland School of Law, this concentration will help students develop the important skills and values that will provide a sound foundation for a legal education and for subsequent careers. A history major with a concentration in legal studies will also focus on the knowledge that would maximize a student’s ability to benefit from a legal education. These areas of humanities-based study, as recommended by the American Bar Association (ABA), include: A broad understanding of history, a fundamental understanding of politics, a basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction, and an understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, of international institutions and issues, of world events, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world. Students will work with an advisor in the Department of History to select general education, major courses, and electives which will prepare them to benefit fully from a challenging legal education. Students are required to complete a Legal Studies Internship (HIST 471) and to participate in the Department of History’s Legal Mentoring Program. In particular, history students preparing to participate in the 3+3 program with Cumberland School of Law are strongly encouraged to concentrate in legal studies.

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