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Law and Public Policy LogoFor students who entered Indiana University in fall 2013 or are about to enroll, our Legal Studies program is being phased out and replaced by a program in Law and Public Policy. Please go to this page for information on that program: http://www.indiana.edu/~spea/opportunities/law_public_policy.shtml

Legal Studies

(for students who entered IU prior to August ’13)

SPEA Public Affairs majors worry about doing what's right, correct?  They sure do--but they also have to understand what's allowable under the law.  Understanding, interpreting, and leveraging the law are all vital elements of public affairs.  Students in the Legal Studies major study all types of law, from criminal to constitutional, as well as government administration and regulation, to become experts in how the law ties into public policy.

So, this is a pre-law program, right?

No, not exactly.  IU doesn't actually have a pre-law program--students can apply to law school with any undergraduate background.  Our Legal Studies grads go on to work in many areas.  This is a major for students interested in the law, especially the role of the law in public affairs.  Of course, this doesn't rule out an eventual career move to law school, either--but don't feel you're locked in to a pre-law program with Legal Studies.  If you want to know more about preparing for a career in law, check out the IU Health Professions and Pre-Law Center's resources.

What special programs might a Legal Studies major want to be involved in?

For students interested in the workings of the federal government and other DC organizations, SPEA's Washington Leadership Program provides an opportunity to live, work, and learn in DC.  Open to majors across campus, this unique program may be of particular interest to Legal Studies majors.

What coursework do I need with a Legal Studies major?

Major Courses for Legal Studies

Important to Note: In Summer 2011, IUB implemented new General Education requirements.  Students already admitted to IUB prior to summer 2011 (even if they were not yet admitted to SPEA) will continue to follow our existing degree requirements; requirements for students admitted to IUB summer 2011 and later will utilize the new requirements that take the new campus GenEd into account.

General Education Requirements for students matriculating to IUB prior to summer 2011

General Education Requirements for students matriculating to IUB summer 2011 and later

What kind of a career could I expect with a Legal Studies major?

SPEA is fortunate to have a dedicated Office of Career Services to help you plan your career after SPEA.  Take a look at what real SPEA students have gone on to do with a major in Legal Studies!