School of Business

Legal Studies

Minor in Legal Studies

Overview

Whether you see yourself arguing a major case in the U.S. Supreme Court or defending a client in a county court, closing a deal on real estate, drafting a will or trust, or advising a corporation, you’ll need a law degree to practice.

The Minor in Legal Studies at the Mount is designed to assist students in developing the communicative, analytical, and methodological skills important to the legal profession.  Under the guidance of the Pre-Law advisor, who is an advisor for all students enrolled in the minor, the studies provide guidance in attaining a broad liberal arts education to prepare a student for admission to and success in law or graduate school, or employment in the public or private sector.  

The American Bar Association does not recommend any undergraduate major to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline.

A Minor for Anyone

You may choose to major in subjects that are traditional preparation for law school, such as History, History/Political Science, English, Communications, or Business, or you may focus your undergraduate studies in areas as diverse as Science and Mathematics, Information Technology, Nursing, or Education — all potentially paired with the Minor in Legal Studies. Mount students who have successfully attended law school have majored in Accounting, Business, English, History/Political Science, Psychology, and Public Relations. Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills.  

Mount graduates attend law school and pursue graduate studies in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Business, Government Administration, Politics, Public Policy, Public Advocacy, and Urban Planning, to name a few. Careers include those in the legal, governmental, and public administration fields.

Program Requirements

The Minor in Legal Studies requires a total of 18 credits selected from an approved list of courses – at least 9 credits must be at or above the 3000 level, and no more than 6 credits may be taken in any combination of Criminology, Sociology or Political Science courses.  Courses used to fulfill core major requirements in a field of study may not also be used toward the minor, except for support courses (electives), which may be used toward both the major and minor. For those enrolled in the 5-year MBA in Accounting program, you must obtain special permission to take on the Legal Studies minor.