The Minor in Legal Studies is designed for students who are interested in a career in the law. It gives students the opportunity to learn from legal professionals and practicing attorneys which help students to develop the oral communication, writing and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the law profession and law school. Whether students are interested in pursuing a career in the law, business or government, a student who majors in general Legal Studies will be introduced to the techniques of successful negotiation and mediation and will have the chance to develop these skills which is the first step to a career in the law field.
WHY MINOR IN LEGAL STUDIES?
The Legal Studies Minor provides a strong foundation for students interested in a career or attending law school. This minor helps you develop the oral communication, writing and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the legal profession. The Legal Studies minor also provides the student with the skill set necessary for a career in government, politics or public administration. Graduates are also capable of conducting legal research, designing and developing new procedures and analyzing and reviewing legal documents.
WHERE DO LEGAL PROFESSIONALS WORK?
A graduate with a Legal Studies minor are prepared for Law School, Careers in Politics Administration, Interest Representation such as Lobbying, and Conflict Management. The following are some of the many jobs a student with a legal studies minor may have the opportunity to work.
Paralegal or legal assistant: Provide support to lawyers and attorneys by performing administrative tasks and helping to conduct research. They are more than a legal secretary. In fact, paralegals often work in litigation. They prepare legal documents, transcribe depositions and organize information in preparation for court.
Corporate paralegal: Usually specialize in business law, which makes them valuable assets to companies who have an interest in conducting legal and ethical business deals.
Judicial law clerk or Judicial Assistant: Provide administrative support to judges. Their job is technically the same as a paralegal; they do share many similar duties. The judicial law clerks organize and maintain files and schedule appointments between judges and attorneys. Advanced law clerks create fiscal documents like expenditure reports and payroll records.
Legal secretaries: Exclusively perform administrative tasks at law firms. That is, instead of conducting research, their duties are restricted to taking messages from clients and preparing legal documents such as court summons, legal complaints and subpoenas. The legal secretaries also review legal journals and briefs. Therefore, they need to clearly understand both legal terminology and procedures, like all other paralegal careers.