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James R. Bowers (Political Science), Program Director and Pre-Law Advisor
Melissa Bissonette (English), Robert Brimlow (Philosophy), Clair Smith (Economics), Jane Snyder (Political Science), Edward Wurtz (Political Science)
The Legal Studies major (LEST) is the academic component of the Pre-Law Experience at Fisher. Pre-Law at Fisher also includes the Pre-Law Student Association, participation in such activities as Mock Trial, and one-on-one advising with the Pre-Law advisor.
The Legal Studies major is for Fisher students who have broad and varied interests in the relationship between law and society; who may be seriously considering attending law school or graduate school after completing their undergraduate degrees; or who are interested in an array of careers such as paralegal, lobbying, union organizing, and government service where some basic knowledge of law and legal systems is important.
The Legal Studies major is a second major offered by the Department of Political Science in collaboration with other contributing departments, meaning that students must also declare a primary major. Although Legal Studies is considered a Bachelor of Arts program, the degree that the student earns (B.A. or B.S.) is determined by the primary major.
The Legal Studies major is designed to introduce students to substantive knowledge about law and society (broadly defined) with an emphasis on law’s societal, political, and humanities contexts. The Legal Studies major also builds students’ analytical and communication skills, necessary for doing well in law school, graduate school, or the workplace.