Major in Legal Studies
Offered by the Saint Louis University Office of Academic Affairs
Saint Louis University Legal Studies Degree Overview
Saint Louis University offers a secondary major in legal studies, a minor in legal studies and a highly-selective pre-law scholars program , which is an exclusive opportunity for freshman applicants to be placed on an admittance track to the Saint Louis University School of Law. (Prospective freshman seeking admission to the pre-law scholars program must complete a separate application through SLU's office of admission.) SLU's pre-law scholars are encouraged, but not required, to earn a secondary major or minor in legal studies.
When taken as a secondary major, SLU's legal studies degree allows you to pursue a primary degree program that interests you most while supplementing your education with a legal studies curriculum. Legal studies can be combined with majors such as history, philosophy, English, criminal justice, sociology, political science, theatre, modern languages, engineering, health care or the sciences.
The American Bar Association does not endorse a specific undergraduate curriculum and the the purpose of the program is not to train you as a legal professional. Rather, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the law within the framework of your overall undergraduate education.
What You'll Learn in SLU's Legal Studies Degree Program
Saint Louis University's major and minor in legal studies and the pre-law scholars program focus on analytical problem solving skills, critical reading skills, writing skills and research skills. They also include pre-law studies and coursework from a variety of disciplines.
SLU's legal studies coursework will enhance your ability to articulate legal arguments (both written and oral) while critically analyzing conflicts from opposing perspectives. You will explore dispute resolution through academic texts and mock trial competitions, practice negotiation and mediation exercises, and take service learning courses that address real world problems.
You can also pursue shadowing opportunities with Catholic Legal Assistance Ministries, the 22nd Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri, the Federal District or the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and internships with a variety of legal organizations, law firms, and state, local and federal government institutions.
What Can You Do With a Degree in Legal Studies from SLU?
While an excellent preparation for law school, Saint Louis University's legal studies program also provides students with a broad base of knowledge applicable to numerous fields and occupations. As a secondary degree or minor, an education from SLU's legal studies program complements careers as a:
- Legislative analyst
- Labor negotiator
- Affirmative action officer
- Trust officer
- Land use examiner
- Police administrator
- Communications consultant
- Human resources professional
- Contract manager
- Regulatory compliance manager