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Your major helps you develop knowledge, skills and abilities that employers seek.

To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, consider using the reflection worksheets (accessible via B.hired > Resources) and/or Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources).

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Internships

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The Brandeis Internship Exchange is a convenient online tool to find and share internship opportunities.

Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to search internships by major.

Legal Studies

Overview
First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
Internships
What to do with a degree in Legal Studies
Legal Studies Web Sites
Graduate School Information

Overview 

The Legal Studies Program is interdisciplinary, designed to offer students the opportunity of studying law not as a subject of professional practice, but as one worthy of liberal inquiry. Through classroom study and public-service internships, Legal Studies examines law from perspectives of history, sociology, philosophy, economics and psychology.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Legal Studies alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Legal Studies major at Brandeis.

Legal Studies Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who minored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a History of Ideas minor at Brandeis.


1984 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Partner Law
1984 Schindler, Cohen & Hochman, LLP Attorney Law
1987 A Joyful Noise Preschool and Kindergarten Preschool Teacher Education - Elementary
1978 Hawaii Pacific Tennis Foundation Executive Director Foundation/Non-Profit
1986 Mattel, Inc. Director of Finance Finance/Banking - Other
1984 Temple Beth El Rabbi Religion/Theology
1982 Catholic Charities of Schenectady Sr. Outreach Service Social Work
1982 Wilmer Hale Senior Partner/Chair Law
1985 J.P. Morgan Chase Managing Director/Operations Executive Finance/Banking
2005 Peabody & Arnold LLP Attorney Law
2011 Bloomberg Account Representative Finance/Banking - Other
2010 David Polk & Wardwell LLP Corporate Legal Assistant Law
1997 Local Market Launch Chief Marketing Officer Marketing and Advertisement
2011 eMuze, LLC CEO & Founder Entertainment
2009 Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health Insurance Specialist Healthcare - Finance/Accounting

Internships

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Legal Studies (.pdf)

Legal Studies Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Skills and Abilities1

  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Knowledge

  • Understanding of the justice system and its impacts on daily life, politics and economics
  • The historical, anthropological, sociological, philosophical, political, economic, psychological and literary underpinnings of the legal system.
  • The role of law in broad aspects of social life.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development


Sample of Possible Occupations

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Attorney
Deputy Secretary to the Governor
Research Consultant
Assistant Chief of Police
Public Interest/Consumer Advocate
Broadcast/Newspaper Reporter
Public Policy Analyst
State Legislator
Mediator
Judge

CIA Inspector
Criminologist
Commissioner
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Lobbyist
Labor Relations Specialist
Assistant Budget Examiner
Politician
Corporate Legal Counsel
Law Professor

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development