Offered by the Saint Louis University Office of Academic Affairs
- Secondary major in legal studies
- Minor in legal studies
- Pre-law scholars program
Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate legal studies degree.
Saint Louis University Legal Studies Degree Overview
Saint Louis University's legal studies major or minor and SLU's pre-law scholars program
serve as excellent preparation for the first year of law school. 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.
Experiential learning is a hallmark of SLU's prelaw program. You will have the opportunity to learn about alternative dispute resolution, trial practice and appellate practice through academic texts and mock trial competitions. You'll practice negotiation and mediation exercises, and make a capstone oral appellate argument. You'll also take service learning courses that address real world problems and learn to articulate legal solutions.
Prospective freshman seeking admission to the pre-law scholars program must complete a separate application through SLU's office of admission.
What You'll Learn in SLU's Legal Studies Degree Program
Saint Louis University's legal studies coursework will enhance your ability to articulate legal arguments (both written and oral) while critically analyzing conflicts from opposing perspectives.
Coursework for SLU's major and minor in legal studies and the pre-law scholars program focuses on analytical problem solving skills, critical reading skills, writing skills and research skills. It also includes pre-law studies coursework plus coursework from a variety of disciplines.
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, as well as 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
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