Whether you’re fascinated by politics or intrigued by the law, the study of law and politics at SNHU will provide you with the knowledge and skills essential for success across a broad spectrum of careers that lie at the intersection of these two dynamic and exciting fields.
Our unique interdisciplinary program provides you with not only a solid foundation in the art and science of politics, but also with insight into what it means to "think like a lawyer," both in the United States and around the world. Furthermore, through the Law and Politics (Pre-J.D. Accelerated) program, you’ll be able to earn both a B.A. from SNHU and a J.D. from an ABA-approved school in just six years, rather than the usual seven.
Not available for international students.
SNHU's law and politics program emphasizes the development of critical thinking and analytical skills in legal and political contexts, as well as the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on topics of legal and political concern. These skills are essential for legal and political professionals, and are transferable to many other professional fields, but are especially useful for students who plan to apply to law school as a stepping-stone to a career in the practice of law.
The B.A. in Law and Politics (Pre-J.D. Accelerated) at SNHU offers qualified students a unique opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree from SNHU and a J.D. from any of certain ABA-approved law schools in six years rather than the usual (and more expensive) seven years.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in law and politics at SNHU include:
The Law and Politics (Pre-J.D. Accelerated) program at SNHU puts you on the fast track to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a J.D. a full year ahead of schedule, giving you a jump on your peers and preparing you to begin your career that much sooner. The range of career options for students with both degrees is very broad, encompassing careers in law firms, government, politics, diplomacy, consulting, and many other fields.
SNHU is also a great place to study law and politics because of New Hampshire's unique role as host of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary election, which often is the most crucial stop for those seeking the presidential office, such as Hillary Clinton in 2016. Candidates start their primary election campaigns as early as 18 months before the general election, meeting face-to-face with ordinary voters throughout New Hampshire in their homes and workplaces, in restaurants and diners, and on the street. In 2007, Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech at SNHU's graduation ceremony shortly before launching his own presidential bid.
Learning how to “think like a lawyer” is the key to success in law school and the practice of law. In the Law and Politics (Pre-J.D. Accelerated) program at SNHU, you’ll acquire a wide-ranging set of skills that will serve you well in that endeavor and beyond.
Collaborative agreements between SNHU and certain ABA-approved law schools allow students to count a year's worth of law-school courses toward the requirements of the B.A., thus shortening the time normally required to earn both degrees by a full year. Students enrolled in the B.A. in Law and Politics (Pre-J.D. Accelerated) apply as juniors rather than as seniors for admission to their choice of law schools participating in the program.
If admitted, students spend what otherwise would have been their senior year at SNHU taking courses at the law school. After successfully completing those courses, students are awarded the B.A. in Law and Politics (Pre-J.D. Accelerated) at SNHU, then spend two more years at the law school fulfilling the remaining J.D. requirements. Although students fulfill the final 30 credits of their B.A. requirements at the law school, they must earn at least 60 of the credits counted toward the B.A. at SNHU. Students also must maintain a 3.25 GPA while enrolled in the program at SNHU in order to matriculate at one of the participating law schools on an accelerated basis.
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War. The economic, political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined. Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.
An introductory survey of major civilizations from 1500 to the present, with particular emphasis on interactions and conflicts between Western and non-Western parts of the world. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
This course provides an introduction to the scientific aspects of the environmental field. The first part of the course introduces students to the foundations of environmental science, while the second part concentrates on the application of these foundations to real life environmental problems. Therefore, the course not only engages the fundamentals of environmental science but also shows students how science informs sustainability, environmental policies, economics and personal choice.
This course offers a broad introduction to the structure and function of the American political system at the national level, including the roles played by the president, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups and the mass media in the policy- making and electoral processes. This course places special emphasis on how the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to solve what they saw as the political problems of their day continue to shape American national politics in ours.
This course offers a broad introduction to the study and practice of international relations, including the roles played by states and nations, non-state actors, national interests, power, morality and international law. This course places special emphasis on realism and idealism as alternative approaches to the study and practice of international relations and on their implications for ongoing efforts to construct a peaceful and prosperous global political system in the aftermath of the Cold War. Global marker.
This course offers a broad introduction to the American legal tradition, including the structure and function of the courts, the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection. As an introduction to what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, students learn how to write parts of a predictive legal memorandum of the type that first-year law students learn how to write, in which they analyze a legal issue of concern to hypothetical clients by applying the reasoning and conclusions in selected judicial opinions to the facts of the clients' case.
This course explores the diversity of conceptions of the individual, the state, and "the good life" that animate contemporary societies and their critics, with an emphasis on the contributions of Western political theorists of both ancient and modern times to contemporary currents of political thought. This course places special emphasis on the social and cultural contexts in which these theorists lived and worked as factors that helped to shape their political ideas. The theorists covered may vary from semester to semester. Writing intensive course.
This course explores the history and contemporary significance of the world's major legal traditions, including the common law, civil law, and other municipal legal traditions, and the international law tradition. Students compare and contrast the essential features of these traditions, and explore how they shape what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, in many foreign countries, and internationally.
This course offers a broad introduction to research methods in the social sciences, including surveys, case studies, experiments, and quasi-experiments. Students learn to spot design flaws in research intended to generate scientifically sound conclusions about social phenomena, and to evaluate critically the interpretations of social science research results by third-party observers, such as reporters. Students also learn how to draft a research proposal that would satisfy the requirements of peer review within the community of professional social scientists.
This colloquium serves as the capstone course for students in the sociology, law and politics, and environmental management majors. Students learn from their instructor and from each other as they apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their other course work to a directed research project in the appropriate discipline or field. Prerequisite: Senior standing in the sociology, law and politics, or environmental management major.
This course explores the reasoning process by American courts in resolving constitutional disputes. It is modeled on a first-year law school course. The readings consist almost exclusively of abbreviated U.S. Supreme Court opinions in civil liberties and civil rights cases. Students learn how to write brief, formal summaries of these opinions of the type that first-year students in American law schools learn to write, and are expected to participate actively in the type of in-class Socratic dialogues that are the standard method of instruction in American law schools.
This course aims to dispel some of the myths about lawyers as advocates that are perpetuated by popular culture and the mass media in the United States. Students spend much of the course exploring case studies that illustrate the ethical dilemmas faced by lawyers as advocates in the American legal system, the ethical rules that govern their behavior as a condition of their license to practice law, and the fates that befall them when they fail to fulfill their ethical obligations. In addition, students learn how to write parts of an appellate legal brief of the type that first-year law students in American law schools learn how to write, and how to make an appellate oral argument on behalf of hypothetical clients in a moot court setting.
This course explores the structure and function of state and local governments in the United States, with an emphasis on their roles as partners with the federal government in a system of cooperative federalism. Students spend much of the course playing and critiquing their own performance in Camelot, a role-playing simulation game in which they assume the roles of civic leaders, representatives of organized interests, and other interested parties in a hypothetical city to try to resolve controversial policy dilemmas like the ones with which local communities are confronted routinely in the United States. This course is not offered online.
Campaigns and elections are central features of the American democratic process. This course will provide students with a deeper appreciation of how campaigns and elections set the rhythm of American political life and shape the functioning of our governmental system. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of political campaigns, with a special emphasis on electoral strategy, media relations, and voter mobilization. Students will use these concepts to analyze key elections during pivotal moments in our nation's political history. The course will also include considerable discussion of the role that our own New Hampshire Primary plays in the electoral process.
This course explores the structure and function of the Congress of the United States, with an emphasis on its role as a legislative body in a system of government characterized by the separation of powers and checks and balances. The topics covered include the congressional leadership structure, the committee system, major rules and procedures, legislative-executive relations, congressional elections, and representation, and may vary from semester to semester.
This course highlights central themes in the historical development, organization, and functioning of the American presidency. From the origins of our Constitution through two centuries of institutional development and up to the present day, this course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of presidential behavior. Special emphasis will be placed on the growth of presidential power in both foreign and domestic policy and on the central role that presidential elections play in our national politics. Students will learn to view the American presidency as a complex institution, one that requires the president to simultaneously play multiple political roles, including commander-in-chief, legislator, communicator, civic leader and candidate.
How can businesses, governments, and public interest groups achieve environmental sustainability goals in legal and political contexts that were designed with other goals in mind? Students spend about half of the course learning how to spot facts that give rise to compliance issues for businesses and other private parties under a full spectrum of federal environmental laws, and to identify opportunities for achieving broader sustainability goals within the constraints imposed by the law. In the other half, students learn both how to predict environmental law and policy outcomes and how to shape them adaptively in pursuit of sustainability goals in a fragmented system of governance that was designed to privilege special interests and to favor the status quo.
Free Elective Credits: 6
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