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The legal system is one of the most important institutions in our society. Developments in the legal system affect all aspects of our lives, including our work lives, our family lives, and our lives as citizens who participate in the democratic process.
The law also represents a body of ideas and values that have been studied by scholars in a wide variety of fields, including sociology, political science, cultural studies, history, economics, and business. The Legal Studies Concentration provides students with the opportunity to study law from a variety of these perspectives. Students considering careers in law may find that taking courses in this concentration helps them determine if they want to go into the field of law after they graduate from college.
The concentration, however, does not constitute a pre-professional course of instruction. The Babson Legal Studies Concentration strives to give students a broad exposure to legal issues as future thought leaders, managers, and citizens.
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Choose at least three (3) courses from the following list:
The remaining course for the concentration may be taken from the approved electives list above or one of the courses listed below:
If you plan to study abroad, the curriculum map below is intended to be a guide, providing a sample framework to complete the requirements for a concentration and spend a semester abroad on an approved Education Abroad Program through the Glavin Office. Students can utilize the curriculum map as a starting point for creating an academic plan that is specific to their personal, career, and academic goals.
Legal Studies Concentration Curriculum Map
While Babson does not have a formal pre-law program, we do offer a law concentration. We believe that Babson education—whether a student has concentrated in law or not—is good preparation for law school and for a legal career. The law faculty is always willing to help students with the process of deciding whether law school may be for them and with the application process.
In thinking about law school, you’ll need to do some research. The process itself involves finding the right mix of schools for you, registering, preparing, and taking the LSAT, preparing your application, and then hopefully, deciding where you want to go and how to pay for it. The best place to start your search is the web site of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). If you’re serious about law school, you’ll be spending a lot of time at this site. The LSAC offers a general guide entitled Thinking About Law School to get you started.
Law School Faculty Contact: Cheryl Kirschner
Law school is only partially a path to a specific career. Many graduates become attorneys in private practice. Other graduates work as attorneys for corporations or government agencies. Still others work in the business functions at corporations or in investment banking. Others use their legal education to go into politics, and still others use their degrees in social or political activism. If law school is what you are thinking about, how do you find out if it’s the right path for you? After all, it’s three years of hard work and generally an expensive investment. It’s better to know before you go.
There are lots of ways to find out. Talk to people who are lawyers now. Find out what they do, and whether they are happy doing it. Talk to law school admissions offices. Take tours of law schools and ask to sit in on a law school class. Babson’s CCD has lists of alumni contacts who are currently lawyers.
There is no prescribed course of study or set of majors that are expected from undergraduates. Law students come from all majors. A Babson education will be very useful in law school, as you’ll have a practical understanding of the way the world of commerce works. You need not make the law concentration your course of action as preparation for law school—focus on whatever you like the best. If you do that, you’ll be happy and your GPA will reflect your level of interest in your major subject. The American Bar Association has an official statement on Preparation for Legal Education that you may find useful.
Internships in law firms are not easy for undergraduates to find, as most firms prefer to hire law students. However, some corporate law departments hire interns, as do some small law practices. You’ll likely be doing non-legal work, but you’ll see how the offices actually work and what lawyers there do. You should also consider internships with politicians or for government agencies, both at the state and federal levels. Another possibility is interning for an advocacy organization. While the work is unpaid, the experience of working toward social or political change can be invaluable.
Should you work for a few years before going to law school, or go straight from college? The answer depends on your skills, interests, and needs. Many law students work for a few years before applying to law school. Sometimes, the added maturity and skills gained from working will really help you succeed in law school. Sometimes the financial stability really helps. Prior work experience often proves valuable in pursuing a law-related career, both in terms of being admitted to a better law school and performing better when you are there. On the other hand, many students have the focus, drive, and motivation to go for three more years of study directly from their undergraduate education.
There are about 200 law schools in the United States, so narrowing the choices is an early task for every applicant. You can use several criteria to narrow your search.
The LSAT is a key component to the process of going to law school. Unlike the SAT test, the LSAT is a one-time event for most people. Law schools tend to average the scores of multiple attempts, so you get one chance to do as well as you can.
If you want to go to law school, you will need to take the LSAT no later than December of the prior year. You may also take the test in October or June for admission for the following September. Most full-time programs start only in September, so these deadlines are important. Find the deadlines, registration requirements, test dates, locations, and preparation information at the LSAC website. Take the sample tests available there.
You should prepare to take this test. Some people prepare by using the information available at the LSAC and commercial review books available in bookstores. This is the minimum you should do. If you are disciplined and diligent, it works. If you need more motivation or help, there are several test preparation companies happy to help for a price. Kaplan is the best known review course, but Princeton Review also runs well-respected review courses. Other commercial test prep companies also are available—you should do some research to sort out which one is right for you.
The LSAC provides limited opportunities to waive the fees associated with the LSAT and related services. It is impossible to provide guidance on this in the abstract because eligibility varies considerably based upon individual circumstances. If you think you might qualify, your starting point is to consult the LSAC’s Fee Waiver information page.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, you can begin the application process. There are several steps, all of which involve the LSAC: