Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Elmira College's legal studies program is specifically designed to enhance a student's critical thinking and preparation for a variety of options, from law school and graduate school, to employment upon graduation in a wide variety of fields. To this end, the legal studies program is interdisciplinary, offering students a wide variety of rotating law-related courses (i.e. criminal law, business law, legal research and writing, evidence, constitutional law, etc.).
Using the Socratic Method of learning, our classes are designed to foster critical thinking and analytical skills – an essential skill in law school, graduate school, or any profession. To this end, students receive practical, career-related, experience while participating in various community service and internship opportunities. In the past, students have completed law-related internships in agencies such as: the offices of district attorneys or public defenders, and various courts. Students also receive experience during in-class mock-trials and moot courts.
Students at Elmira College find law-school placements consistently, including The University of Buffalo School of Law, Albany Law School, Case-Western Reserve Law School, Cornell University Law School, etc. To this end, Elmira College continuously gives students a “leg-up” during their first year of law school, graduate school, or the workforce – the key to a successful career.
Visit the College Bulletin for a full listing of Legal Studies courses and descriptions.