The Law and Society major offers a rigorous program of study centered on understanding the impact of law on society as an instrument of social control and change in our democratic society and around the globe. Students engage in the study of law and legal institutions through historical, social, political, philosophical and economic perspectives in courses such as Professional Ethics, Social Responsibility and Justice; Forensic Psychology; Public Policy; Mediation Theory and Practice Constitutional Law; Business Law, Social Inequality and Psychology and the Law.
Law and Society students build sharp skills in reading, critical thinking, legal analysis, writing, advocacy and problem solving. They practice those skills in real world scenarios such as mock hearings, debates and mock trials. These skills prepare students for what’s next - law school or other graduate school programs, employment and service to their community.
Students learn by doing and by understanding law and justice not only in theory, but in practice. Their learning experience takes advantage of the rich array of internship, community service and employment opportunities in the greater Boston area, while also tapping into the cultural, intellectual, service learning and civic engagement resources of the region.
The program’s required coursework allows students to double-major or complete a minor in related disciplines within the School of Social Sciences and Humanities or the School of Business.
Career and Graduate Study Options
Graduates are prepared for law school or other graduate programs or careers in public administration, policy and regulation, business, management, social work, social services, private or public legal offices and government or not-for-profit organizations.
Law and Society graduates are able to construct and deconstruct legal arguments; develop strategies to achieve justice; craft effective public policy and promote fair and just resolutions using the following skills and knowledge:
1. Legal History and Philosophy. The history and development of law, legal systems and legal institutions from traditional societies to the present.
2. Law, Legal Institutions and Society. The impact of law and legal institutions on society, and society’s impact on them.
3. The American Legal System and Process. The structure, institutions and role of the American legal system.
4. Core Concepts, Values and Principles of American Law and Legal Systems. Democracy, freedom, liberty, equality, fairness, rule of law, due process and equal protection of the law.
5. Law, Courts and Politics. Law-making and judicial decision-making processes.
6. Legal Research, Reasoning and Analysis. Advocacy and argument.
7. Law, Justice and Public Policy. The role of law in responding to a broad range of social issues, problems and conflicts.