Legal Studies

Why Study Legal Studies at Elms College?

The legal studies program is designed to develop an understanding of the legal profession and its ethical obligations, critical thinking skills, and research skills. Students visit area state and federal courthouses and listen to guest speakers, such as the Honorable Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice John Greaney and David Barry, General Consulate of Ireland.

Katherine Currier J.D., professor of paralegal and legal studies, is a nationally known leader in paralegal education and the author of three leading textbooks, including Introduction to Law for Paralegals: A Critical Thinking Approach.Beyond their classroom time, our students also practice their legal skills in the courtroom.

What Can You Do With a Legal Studies Degree?

With a background in legal studies, graduates are prepared to work in other law-related fields or pursue further education in graduate or law school.

What's the Next Step?

Take a look at the curriculum for our program, contact us to learn more, or sign up for a campus visit. Ready to apply? You can do it online.

New for Fall 2014

The Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department is offering IDS330 Nelson Mandela’s South Africa: His Life and His Land. Open to all students, the course will examine the events that led to the South African government-sanctioned racial segregation policy known as apartheid and how it ended through non-violent means directed by activist Nelson Mandela, who went on to become the country’s first black president. Students will also study the modern day legal and criminal justice systems in South Africa, explore its wild and exotic creatures, and discuss crimes against wildlife and methods to protect endangered species.

Students enrolled in the course also have the opportunity to travel to South Africa with Professor Katherine Currier for an 11-day excursion (January 8-18, 2015) that will include a tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years; as well as visits to Soweto, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kruger National Park, among other destinations.


Division of Social Sciences

Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Caroline Murray, J.D.
Director of Paralegal and Legal Studies