What Is Legal Studies?
Legal studies is the study of legal ideas, practices and institutions. It’s an interdisciplinary academic field that covers all aspects of the legal system. Some of the main learnings covered in legal studies include critical reasoning, legal principles and clear, persuasive writing. Some schools offer specific legal degree specializations, such as corporate litigation, health care compliance or criminal law. Legal studies can benefit students interested in:
- Gaining a deeper understanding of law’s influence on society.
- Developing compliance know-how to apply to their careers.
- Learning the ins and outs of the U.S. legal system including the criminal justice process and economic regulation.
- Developing skills to conduct legal research, analysis and other law-related tasks to better serve organizations and businesses.
Legal studies does not prepare students to become an attorney.