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School of Social Sciences & Humanities

Pre-law: Law & Society
Bachelor of Science

Build your knowledge-base for advanced studies at a Top 30 ranked Regional College

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As a Law and Society major, you will explore the social, political, legal and historical contexts of complex and critically important issues and explore the tensions between public interest and personal rights.

Preparation for the real world.

As a Law and Society (pre-law) student, you will examine and 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. Students in the Law and Society program at Mount Ida simulate the law-making process by role-playing as legislators, attorneys, and judges. Our students experience how law is interpreted and applied through debates, mock hearings, and  mock trials.

The Law and Society program is part of a suite of law and justice majors offered by the College, including programs in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.

Potential minors or double majors that pair well with the program include Political Science and History, Professional Writing, English, Psychology and Business. A minor in Social Work or Political Science may be part of your academic journey.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Law & Society degree program in our College Catalog.

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Program Requirements – 120-121 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 63 credits- Required Core Courses
  • 36 credits- All College Core (ACC) Curriculum
  • 21 credits- Open Electives

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • CJ 115- Criminal Law
  • PS 234- Psychology and the Law
  • LG 220- Constitutional Law: Rights, Liberties & Justice
  • LS 290- Mediation Theory and Practice
  • LG 330- Professional Ethics, Social Responsibility and Justice
  • LG 340- Writing, Advocacy and Legal Research
  • BA 201- Business Law
  • CJ 330- Family Violence, Abuse and Neglect
  • LG 350- Law and Society Internship and Seminar

Living-Learning Communities

For first-year students in the School of Business, and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, we offer the CONNECT program to ensure a smooth transition into college life. CONNECT students live together in a newly renovated residence hall, where they also take classes, have close access to professional advising, peer mentors, tutoring, and additional co-curricular programs.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Criminal Justice, Politics and History faculty directory.

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Faculty Spotlight

Dawn Couture

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Criminal Justice and Law & Society

Dawn Titus Couture brings more than two decades of college teaching and professional experience in law, government and criminal justice to share with students in the Criminal Justice and Law & Society programs. Professor Couture’s professional experience includes serving as an Assistant District Attorney (Norfolk County, Massachusetts) where she was responsible for prosecuting district court cases, primarily domestic violence and sexual assault crimes. She also served as Executive Director of the Norfolk District Attorney’s Education & Outreach Services Unit responsible ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers and graduate studies, including:

  • Law
  • Government and politics
  • Public administration
  • Business
  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Law school
  • Graduate programs in public administration, policy studies, management, political science, criminal justice and public administration

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

The most rewarding part of teaching at Mount Ida is providing a classroom environment that fosters critical thinking and logical reasoning regarding political issues so students can formulate their own opinions in a proper fashion and not simply repeat the latest spin.
Bart Biroschak

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice, Politics and History in the School of Social Sciences & Humanities