• Double-Major in Legal Studies and Women’s Studies With a Paralegal Certificate

    The interdisciplinary double major in legal studies and women’s studies provides students with a unique program of study combining learning experiences in both fields, allowing them to explore intersections between the law and other areas such as gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability. Because we live in a world with a number of justice issues present, a double major in legal studies and women’s studies provides students with both practical and theoretical tools for making social change in the pursuit of creating a better world for everyone.

    By pursuing the double major, students develop both legal and cultural competencies that will allow them to engage in a variety of opportunities in the law, public policy, non-profit work, human services, legislative initiatives, human rights, or social service. In addition, elective coursework in the double major allows students to complete a paralegal certificate; this pairing of practical legal training with a liberal arts program of study focused on cultural and political awareness is highly valued by employers. With advanced planning, students are able to use complimentary coursework from both of these academic areas to satisfy the requirements of this vibrant double major.

    Greta Konkler"I had the amazing opportunity to intern for Gender Justice, a nonprofit law organization that works on cases based on gender discrimination. The Legal Studies & Women's Studies double major...opened up the doors for me to combine these two areas in my coursework and practicum experience.”

    - Greta Konkler,'15,Legal Studies/Women’s Studies Double Major

    Students interested in pursuing the double major in legal studies and women’s studies should consult with one of the program chairs as soon as possible to plan their academic program of study.

    For details about the requirements, students can refer to the Legal Studies-Women's Studies Double-Major Advising Sheet or the Hamline Bulletin, the official source of program requirements.

    Program Chairs
    Kristin Mapel Bloomberg, women's studies
    Meg Hobday, legal studies

     

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