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Law & Criminal Justice (B.A.)

  • Major

About this Program

The law and criminal justice major is a unique and distinctive program, featuring two areas of study with separate objectives and goals.

Program Overview

The law component offers a rigorous curriculum that prepares you for law school and careers in the legal profession.

The criminal justice component provides a challenging curriculum that examines the nexus between law enforcement, the judicial process and the correctional system.

Both focus areas are grounded in an interdisciplinary approach that is central to the liberal arts tradition.

An internship is recommended for the law component and is required for criminal justice. Past internship sites for both areas have included the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Children's Defense Fund, Maryland State's Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, Frederick County Sheriff's Office, State of Maryland Division for Parole and Probation and private attorney offices.

Degrees Offered

  • BA

Department Offering


Our students have interned with the ACLU, Maryland State Attorney's Office, Frederick County Sheriff's Office and more.

Moot Courtroom

Participate in a semester-long hypothetical Supreme Court case.

Career Outlook

Legal occupations are expected to grow 9 percent by 2030, with a median annual income of more than $80,000.

Program Contact

Professor of Political Science Professor of Law & Criminal Justice, Department Chair


Our Location

You’ll be encouraged to take part in an internship to give you a head start for career planning and graduate school  opportunities. Our location, less than an hour from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., provides you outstanding opportunities for real-world experience.

All Faculty
Janis Judson

Janis Judson

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Professor of Law & Criminal Justice
  • Law & Criminal Justice Department Chair