Law and Society

Law and Society

Studying law at a technological university might sound like a crazy concept, but it’s actually one of the smartest decisions you’ll make. Law schools in the United States do not require a particular major or series of courses for admission; rather it is recommended that pre-law students have a broad background. That’s why Michigan Tech’s law and society program is designed to give students a broad base in the social sciences with opportunities to develop public speaking, written communication, and analytical reasoning skills.

Success Stories

  • A recent law and society graduate interned as a senior in Washington, DC (2009), where she was a highly valued member of a team at the Department of Commerce International Trade Desk. She is now employed at Homeland Security and is enrolled in the Johns Hopkins National Security masters program.
  • A 2005 alumna was a merit scholarship recipient at MSU College of Law in 2009. She will be working in the field of Health Law in a boutique firm in the Lansing area.
  • A recent graduate won a coveted internship with the US Department of State in Paris. She will be starting her master’s degree in Middle East and North African Studies at the University of Michigan.
  • A current student and dual major—with mathematics—secured a co-op appointment with Mindovo for the Fall 2011 semester.

What You Need to Know About This Program

  • Your course work will focus on government and policy issues, such as American government, environmental policy, and international law, and will be supplemented with courses taken outside the department in areas such as labor law, business law, environmental law, ethics, and political philosophy.
  • Michigan Tech has a formal internship program in Washington, DC—students can earn up to 15 credits towards their degree while living and working in DC.
  • Our graduates are well prepared for law or graduate school and have been accepted into top grad programs in international and governmental affairs at schools across the country.
  • Learn by discussion, not large-group lecture—the small program size allows you to receive individualized attention from faculty.

Get practical experience by becoming involved in Michigan Tech’s mock trial program. This competitive trial simulation features two teams presenting all aspects of a regular trial, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments. Practicing attorneys and judges preside over, score, and determine the winner of the mock trial competition. More than 400 colleges and universities participate, with opportunities to attend regional and national competitions.

Learn more about law and society at Michigan Tech!