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Law and Criminal Justice, B.A.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in law and criminal justice from Hood College:

  1. Identify and explain the legal concepts, underlying theories and policy implications in both fields of the major through:
    • Acquiring extensive knowledge of domestic and/or international law and legal systems;
    • Conducting historical analysis of law and legal systems;
    • Explaining the differences between civil and criminal law; and
    • Understanding the differences between substantive law and procedural law.
  2. Understand the role of case law and precedent in our legal system through:
    • Learning to distinguish fact or rule of law (ratio decidendi) from opinion (obiter dicta) in court cases;
    • Articulating the ethical implications of decision-making in the legal profession; and
    • Exploring the intersection between law and social justice.
  3. Effectively prepare students for law school and employment in the law and criminal justice fields through:
    • Applying legal terminology/discourse to real world legal issues;
    • Identifying and articulating the legal issues in a factual scenario, distinguishing non-issues from bona fide legal issues;
    • Constructing an appellate argument demonstrating the ability to articulate legal precedents and effectively respond to questions posed by the Court; and
    • Demonstrating critical self-awareness in understanding the influence of personal bias when interacting with diverse groups.
  4. Promote an-depth experience and advancement of law, legal institutions, and the rule of law through advanced research and scholarship through:
    • Learning the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods to collect and analyze legal data, and
    • Examining the link between legal research, theory and practice.
  5. Organize and deliver cogent and persuasive verbal and written skills through:
    • Framing legal briefs by presenting compelling accounts with relevant facts and clearly articulated arguments, and
    • Writing a memorandum foreseeing the probable judicial resolution of a legal dispute in a form that coincides to basic professional standards regarding analytical support, organization and style.