Minor in Legal Studies

  • Massachusetts State House

    Many students choose to intern in local and state government, including at the Massachusetts State House.

  • The Legal Studies Program takes up the educational challenge from Justice Louis Brandeis. For more than four decades our mission has been to advance the understanding of law throughout the liberal arts community:

    The Legal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that considers problems and perspectives that reach across most academic disciplines and practical fields taught at Brandeis. We present law in the broad context of history, economics, politics, philosophy, literature and the sciences and we trace law's impact within the fields of health, business, environment and creative arts. The scope of legal concerns ranges from the local, to the national and to the global.

    Academics and Research

    Research Opportunities

    All students are required to complete either a senior thesis or internship with locations ranging from local, state and federal government to nonprofit organizations.

    Real World Experience

    Our program does not provide professional legal training. We strive to give undergraduates access to a venerable field of human expression, where rigorous learning combines with reflective practice. All students are required to complete either an internship or senior thesis.

    Transferable Skills

    Brandeis' main learning goals are tightly interwoven with Legal Studies. To invoke Justice Brandeis' core insight, learning about the law improves analytic skills. In dynamic terms, the creative elements in legal knowledge challenge conventions and require public improvement; just as legal problem-solving points back to the refinement of social and humanistic principles. The close integration of legal knowledge and skills provides a concrete framework for social advocacy, bringing real-life justice concerns to the center of liberal inquiry.

    Faculty Excellence

    Distinguished Faculty

    The Legal Studies program features strong faculty members who encourage their students' curiosity and help them to understand the law from various viewpoints. Faculty awards include:

    Clubs and Study Abroad

    Student-run Clubs

    Brandeis has several student clubs to help students network and experience the law in action, including the Brandeis Pre-Law Society, Brandeis University Law Journal Association and a variety of political and activist-oriented organizations.

    Study Abroad

    Legal studies minors have a wealth of options when it comes to studying abroad. Approved study-abroad sites for minors include Argentina, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and more. Scholarships are available to help students travel.

    Careers and Alumni

    Graduate Opportunities

    A number of our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as Boston University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Cornell University and many other prestigious universities.

    Real Jobs

    Understanding how the law works guides students in choosing professional careers, and also in forming lives of responsible citizenship. Legal studies alumni have gone on to careers such as:

    • Corporate Attorney

    • Assistant District Attorney

    • Policy Researcher

    • In-Home Supports Service Coordinator at community service organization

    • Partner Relations Specialist at high tech company