Minor in Legal Studies
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:
by developing critical and creative skills to enrich the mind
by exploring knowledge of legal issues that arise in diverse fields of study
by offering concrete ways for students to engage with issues of social justice
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
All students are required to complete either a senior thesis or internship with locations ranging from local, state and federal government to nonprofit organizations.
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.
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.
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:
Professor Daniel Breen: Louis D. Brandeis Award for Excellence in Teaching Honors for an individual for his or her outstanding teaching
Professor Richard Gaskins: Lerman-Neubauer ’69 Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring
Clubs and Study Abroad
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.
Careers and Alumni
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.
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:
Assistant District Attorney
In-Home Supports Service Coordinator at community service organization
Partner Relations Specialist at high tech company