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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.
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.
Criminal record expungement allows people with criminal convictions who meet eligibility requirements to start over with a clean slate, helping them to overcome barriers to seeking stable employment and housing. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in practical legal studies with the Redeem Project’s practicum partnership with Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, an outreach program that helps local individuals in Grant County file for criminal record expungement. Supervised by trained professionals, students help people understand eligibility and navigate the paperwork process. Contact Dr. Jakob Miller for more information.
The History, Global & Political Studies department offers opportunities for you to sharpen skills that will help you succeed in the legal sector.
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%.
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.Learn More
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.
A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.
Curious about what the timeline from college to law school might look like? Here’s an idea of milestones to meet along the way.
|December (typically junior year)||
Begin LSAT study
Complete prep course curriculum
Register for June LSAT
Request letters of recommendation
Complete, thoroughly review, & submit all applications
Mar 01, 2023
After ranking first place in the Regional Ethics Bowl competition in the fall, Taylor’s Ethics Bowl team is on their way to the national competition in Portland, Oregon, March 4-5.Read Article
Oct 27, 2022
Along with two other Taylor students, Zane Callison is completing his practicum at Mercy Unleashed, helping local visitors with criminal record expungement.Read Article
Nov 19, 2020
For Russell Balikian (’09), studying Political Science set his trajectory to becoming an administrative and constitutional law attorney.Read Article
Jul 13, 2020
Learn more about how the History, Global, and Political Studies department gives students opportunities to put their academic credentials to work.Read Article
Apr 22, 2019
Taylor University’s History, Global and Political Studies (HGPS) department offers two new political science majors for the 2019-2020 academic year—Politics and Public Service, and Politics and Law.Read Article