Whether you're fascinated by politics or intrigued by the law, the Bachelor of Arts in Law and Politics Pre-J.D. at SNHU will provide you with the knowledge and skills essential for success across a broad spectrum of careers that lie at the interface of these two dynamic and exciting fields.
Our unique interdisciplinary program provides you not only with 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. We emphasize 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 certain ABA-approved law schools in six years rather than the usual (and more expensive) seven years.
Collaborative agreements between SNHU and these schools allow students to count a year's worth of law-school courses toward the requirements of the B.A., thus shortening by a year the time normally required to earn both degrees. Students enrolled in the B.A. in Law and Politics (Pre-J.D. Accelerated) apply as juniors rather than as seniors for admission to one of the 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.
As a private nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in law and politics 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.
Students must also maintain a 3.25 GPA while enrolled in the program at SNHU in order to matriculate at one of the participating law schools, Vermont Law School or Western New England University School of Law, on an accelerated basis.
SNHU's bachelor's in Pre-J.D. law and politics program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
A skills-oriented introduction to the study of history for majors and non-majors alike. Through the study of a key episode or event in the Modern period, students will develop foundational historical skills: reading, writing, analysis, creative and critical thinking, and problem solving. Students will learn how to handle both primary and secondary historical sources, to evaluate historical evidence, and to analyze historical arguments.
This course examines the implications of global location and topography for the people of planet Earth. Students will explore how geography shapes the dynamics of human societies, with an emphasis on the geoenvironmental, geopolitical, and geosocial phenomena that help to define the modern world.
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.
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 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 is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
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.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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