Apr 18, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law & Public Policy, Minor

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About the Minor

Adviser: The Honorable Christopher Cerski, J.D.

The Law & Public Policy minor prepares students for a career in government, admission to law school, or graduate study in public policy, public administration, or public affairs.  The minor draws on challenging courses requiring students to analyze and evaluate conflicting ideas and to communicate effectively.  The minor provides students an opportunity to explore and critique contemporary legal and public policy issues. For those students interested in attending law school, the Association of American Law Schools stresses a broad liberal arts background as the most appropriate training for law school. There are no curricular prerequisites for admission to law school.  However, the Law & Public Policy minor helps students determine if they have an aptitude and interest in law and provides a background for law school and graduate school coursework.


Students must take 24 credits, drawn from the courses listed below.  Students can count no more than two courses toward both their major and the minor in Law & Public Policy.  

Arcadia also offers a B.A. in Politics, Government, & Law with concentration in Law & Public Policy and Global Legal Studies. The Global Legal Studies concentration requires students to take two law-related courses abroad.  See the Politics, Government & Law major.

Additional Information

Other advanced humanities and social science courses are highly recommended, especially if taken during a semester or year studying abroad. Any course, regardless of field, that furthers the development of clear and systematic thinking, the command of the English language (both written and oral), and a broad understanding of society constitutes sound preparation for the study of law or graduate study in public policy, public administration, or public affairs. A background of outstanding extracurricular activities supplements the academic record and serves to build and demonstrate communication and leadership skills.

The minor adviser is responsible for advising students interested in the Law & Public Policy minor and determining if courses taken abroad will count toward the minor. All students interested in legal or government related careers should contact the minor adviser early in their University program. The adviser works with students to prepare them for admission to law school.

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