The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in legal studies.
The Legal Studies Program offers a specific curriculum for students planning to attend law school
or pursue other law-related careers. This curriculum has been developed based on recommendations by the
Pre-Law Committee of the American Bar Association's section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
This interdisciplinary program is at the same time structured and flexible. Students work in
consultation with an advisor to tailor the program to fit their particular needs.
The program emphasizes both the learning of substantive knowledge about the law and the development
of important skills (oral and written communication, reading comprehension, logical and analytical
thinking, and competence in conducting legal research) designed to prepare students for the LSAT—and
to do well in law school.
Coursework includes study in constitutional law and judicial processes, a legal research course,
and a culminating experience, during which students complete a major research project.
The department offers opportunities to participate in internships and study abroad—and also
offers practice LSAT sessions each fall to help students going on to law school improve their performance
on this test.
Other opportunities include:
As freshmen, students have the opportunity to be part of a student-centered learning community for political science
and legal studies students. Throughout their college careers, students attend small- to medium-sized classes taught by
full-time, award-winning faculty members.
Trips to Washington, D.C. to view oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court
An annual visit by the Indiana Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments on campus, plus lunch with the judges
Faculty-directed research opportunities on subject matters such as media and the law, gender and decision-making, women judges, and judicial selection
Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the department offers several scholarships and awards, including the
James D. Acher Memorial Scholarship, the Wilson Naylor Cox Jr. Memorial Scholarship,
the William Matthews Memorial Scholarship, and the R. Christopher Perry Memorial Award. For more information on these awards,
contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.