Bachelor of Science in Pre-law: Law & Society

Across the globe and here in the United States, compelling portraits of social justice, criminal justice and human rights struggles challenge and compel us to answer tough questions about equality, the costs of war, the price of freedom, the meaning of justice and the delicate balance between national security/public safety and individual freedoms and liberties in our increasingly complex and interconnected world.

As a Pre-law: Law and Society major, you will explore the social, political, legal and historical contexts of these difficult, complex and critically important issues and the confrontation between public interest and personal rights.

Understanding how the law works—or at least should work—helps guide you in two ways–choosing a professional career and in forming a life of responsible citizenship.

You will wrestle with the ideal and the reality of justice for all, particularly how the poor, educationally disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, children, women, gender and sexuality minorities, religious minorities and persons with a disability experience justice.

Students will also debate the bedrock principles that created our nation — protecting the right to engage in forms of non-violent expression that may push the limits of tolerance, invite dispute, challenge the beliefs of the majority or powerful minority and serve as a catalyst for change.

As a Pre-law: Law and Society major, the study of Political Science is a natural combination. You can minor in Political Science, or double major in Political Science and History.

You will understand law and justice not just in theory, but also in practice.

You will not be a spectator only watching how law is made. Students in the Law and Society program at Mount Ida experience law making first hand, as you role-play as a legislator, executive and judge. Our students will experience how law is interpreted and applied in debates as well as in mock hearings and trials.

Students have many opportunities to explore the rich array of cultural, intellectual, public policy and civic engagement activities and internship, community service and employment opportunities available throughout the Greater Boston area.

Join our community of students, faculty and staff who are interested in law and justice issues, including the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE), The Center for Global Connections, the Criminal Justice & Forensic Science Society, the Psychology Club or any one of the many student clubs and organizations that are part of our Mount Ida learning community.

The Mount Ida Law & Society program encourages you to get the most out of your undergraduate education through opportunities to double major or minor in many programs, including:

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Political Science and History
  • Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science in Pre-law: Law & Society offers a rigorous program of study centered on understanding law as an instrument of both social control and social change. You engage in the study of American political thought and foundations, law and legal institutions, the impact of law on society and the social, political and economic influences on law and legal institutions.

Law and Society considers problems and perspectives that reach across many academic disciplines and practical fields of study at Mount Ida. You study law and justice within the broad context of history, economics, politics, philosophy, literature and the sciences in courses such as: Introduction to Law, American Government, Ethics, Public Policy, Constitutional Law, Mediation Theory and Practice, Business Law, Criminal Law, Social Inequality and Psychology and the Law.

You will build problem solving and conflict resolution skills.  You will develop sharp skills in reading, research, critical thinking, analysis, writing and oral advocacy.  You will practice those skills in real world scenarios such as mock hearings, debates and mock trials. You may want to participate in our Honors Program or study abroad options.

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in law, government and politics, public administration, business, criminology, criminal justice, working in public, private and not-for-profit organizations.  Students may also continue with graduate study in such fields as law, public administration, policy studies, management, political science, criminal justice and public administration.