Program Mission

The mission of the Legal Studies Program is to educate students to understand the role and function of law in our society, to understand and apply fundamental principles of law through an experiential approach, and to apply critical thinking, ethical conduct, and respect for others and the rule of law in a global society.

The ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program options also seek to prepare students to become paralegals with the knowledge, values, and skills to perform effectively as professionals working under the supervision of attorneys in various legal environments.

 Program Outcomes

    1. Students understand the structure and functions of the American legal system, including governmental structure, the court system and alternative methods of dispute resolution, and recognize the role of law and democratic principles in our society.
    2. Students can communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    3. Students demonstrate analytic and critical thinking, including using legal reasoning in the application of basic legal principles to fact situations and the ability to read cases with understanding and apply case law to legal problems.
    4. Students demonstrate knowledge of basic legal principles and core substantive and procedural laws.
    5. Students can conduct literature-based and legal research using library materials as well as computer assisted research programs to produce reports.
    6. Students understand professional rules of conduct and demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
    7. Students demonstrate the ability to work effectively as team members.
    8. Students demonstrate respect for cultural diversity and the ability to interact productively with persons from diverse backgrounds.
    9. Students obtain employment in a legal or law-related setting or acceptance in a graduate course of study in law, legal studies, conflict management, public policy, public service, or other related course of study.

Additional Paralegal Concentration Program Outcomes:

    1. Students can conduct factual investigations, including accessing documentary information and materials and interviewing clients and witnesses.
    2. Students demonstrate knowledge of the role of paralegals in various legal settings and the special concerns and skills involved in such settings, including case and time management, client relations, and working with attorney supervisors.
Timothy MuyanoThe University of New Haven Legal Studies Department has truly given me the skills and resources to succeed in the legal profession. Their support in and out of the classroom ensures that their graduates have a sound ability to think analytically and articulate their thoughts through effective writing. As a senior who is making his final law school decision, I had the honor of being accepted into a number of top tier schools and have already received an offer of a full tuition scholarship as a direct result of the support and guidance of those in the Legal Studies Department.

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