Law in Liberal Arts

About the Major

The law in liberal arts major is designed to prepare you for a career as a paralegal in the legal profession. The major aims to provide you with practical legal skills as well as a background in legal concepts so that graduates will immediately be able to obtain jobs in this rapidly expanding profession. This program prepares you specifically for paralegal positions, but will also provide foundational knowledge of law. Paralegals are typically employed in law firms and are also eligible for careers in government, business, and nonprofit organizations.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: critical thinking, communicating effectively in a legal environment, and understanding legal principles (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2019).

Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Introduction to law
  • Legal research and writing for paralegals
  • Litigation for paralegals
  • Technology and the law
  • American legal history
  • Family law for paralegals
  • Advanced legal writing

Possible Careers

  • Claims adjuster
  • Hearing officer*
  • Lawyer*
  • Lobbyist
  • Paralegal
  • Project coordinator
  • Social worker*

*These careers require additional education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Anthem
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Law firms
  • Legal services
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • State of Indiana

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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