Program Summary

The Law, Politics and Society interdisciplinary major draws on resources from across Samford’s campus to give you a comprehensive program for studying the law.

The major is based in the Department of Political Science, and takes advantage of the department’s substantial offerings and resources in law. It also draws from the disciplines of history, journalism, sociology, philosophy, economics, family studies and communication studies. Because the major was created in consultation with Samford’s Cumberland School of Law, the program also offers the opportunity to work directly with law faculty.

Law, Politics and Society provides a broad liberal arts education as it focuses on law in all of its diversity–In general areas such as jurisprudence, ethics, legal history, law and economics, criminology, international law, and global human rights, and in specific areas such as media law, family law, Alabama and U.S. constitutions, and legal communication. Combined with internships and extracurricular opportunities, it provides an ideal preparation for students called to a career in law.

Objectives & Goals

As a Law, Politics and Society major you will graduate with essential communication and critical thinking skills as well as outstanding education in jurisprudence, ethics, legal history, law and economics, criminology, international law, global human rights, media law, family law, legal communication and the Alabama and U.S. Constitutions.

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Is This Program for Me?

The Law, Politics and Society major is designed for students called to a career in law. Most of our graduates go on to law school, but a few choose paths less directly related to the law. All have the same excellent preparation!

What Makes Us Different?

Few other undergraduate law programs offer you small classes, direct personal attention, constant faculty mentoring, resources from professional schools and access to an on-campus law school. Our award-winning mock trial team further enriches your education as you develop a sophisticated approach to law school and your career in law.

Career Preparation

The Law, Politics and Society courses, personal attention, internships and extracurricular opportunities will give you an excellent foundation for law school and career. As a major, you can take part in our annual Washington Careers trip to explore career opportunities in our nation's capitol.

Career Opportunities

  • Law
  • Government Service
  • Social Justice and Activism
  • Business
  • Non-Governmental Organizations


  • Numerous law offices
  • Numerous legislative offices

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