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Politics & Law

Major

Learn from Practicing Judges and Attorneys

Are you interested in the legal system or eager to pursue a legislative, justice, legal research, or law career? Similar to a pre-law major, the Politics & Law program will provide you with the background necessary to succeed in law school or a career in the legal field. Your classes will focus on legal analysis and thought, the role of law in society, critical thinking, and rhetorical skill. You also will take legal classes taught by practicing judges and attorneys, who help you find real-world experience and give you a taste of your future career in law.

Evaluating Your Curriculum

Through political science and legal studies courses, Politics & Law majors broaden and deepen their understanding of the legal structure and their potential roles within this structure.

Our core law classes will help you explore a variety of legal areas, such as international and business law, and our Constitutional Law courses will fully prepare you for graduate studies in law. Elective courses allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and expand your repertoire of skills.

Politics & Law graduates are able to apply core legal concepts, theories, and histories to legal cases and current events within multiple disciplinary subfields. They are able to engage in profession-relevant discussions critically, effectively, and skillfully through writing and conversation. Graduates are also able to articulate a deep understanding of the law in light of God’s laws and how they plan to use their gifts to glorify God through their career in law.

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Prepared for Jobs in Politics & Law

The History, Global & Political Studies department offers opportunities for you to sharpen skills that will help you succeed in the legal sector.

  • All students work with a faculty member in legal or political directed research.
  • Individual classes have additional hands-on, real-world opportunities.
  • Students are encouraged to undertake practicums in judges’ offices, local law firms, major national firms, and not-for-profit legal aid clinics.

Taylor law graduates work in all fields of law, and we have a proven record of students being accepted into top tier law schools. History, Global & Political Studies majors have an acceptance rate into law school of more than 96%.

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Ethics Bowl

Put philosophical knowledge into action with the Taylor Ethics Bowl team as they attend competitions to debate culturally relevant ethical topics. Our team has reached nationals every year since 2010, taking first place in 2015.

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Russell Balikian
Class of 2009
"Working in the legal system really highlights how magnificent the Gospel is. Christ took our guilt upon Himself by dying in our place; God is both just and the justifier. You think about the judge stepping off the bench and paying your penalty. That would be crazy in a legal setting, and it highlights God's amazing grace towards us."

Politics & Law Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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Law School Timeline

Curious about what the timeline from college to law school might look like? Here's an idea of milestones to meet along the way.

Month Milestone
December (typically junior year)

Begin LSAT study
Brainstorm school list

March

Complete prep course curriculum
Begin full practice tests

April

Register for June LSAT
Purchase CAS on LSAC website

June

Take LSAT
Brainstorm personal statement ideas

July

Request letters of recommendation
Begin drafting personal statement
Request transcripts
Register for August LSAT (if necessary)
Work on updating resumé

August

Take LSAT
Final personal statement proofread
Final resumé proofread
Finalize school list & check when applications open
Register for virtual law school events

September

Complete, thoroughly review, & submit all applications

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