Legal Studies Program and Pre-Law

Legal Studies

Erik Larson, Co-Director
651-696-6309


Patrick Schmidt, Co-Director
651-696-6147

Why Legal Studies at Mac?

The Legal Studies Program offers students a variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students who have interests in law—whether as a career or an intellectual pursuit.

  • The Legal Studies concentration provides students a course of study that places law within the tradition of the liberal arts, encouraging students to develop a deeper, lasting engagement with Macalester’s mission and their future work. As an interdisciplinary concentration, students find sustained engagement of law-related issues from a variety of perspectives intellectually stimulating and rewarding.
  • Legal Studies internships afford students the opportunity to see the diverse ways that people interact with law. Students have completed internships in a variety of law firms, governmental bodies, and non-profit organizations.
  • Co-curricular programming brings people engaged in legal work to campus to interact with students and other community members. This programming often draws on the large network of alumni legal professionals.
  • Pre-Law advising assists students through informed counseling about their curriculum at Macalester and their later choices of law schools.
  • Research opportunities: Legal Studies students have used their coursework in the concentration to inform senior theses in their majors. Macalester students have won significant recognition in national paper awards competitions for their research.
  • Forensics: Many Legal Studies and Pre-Law students also find participation in the successful Macalester forensics program, including Mock Trial, a valuable addition to their educational experience.
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