Legal Studies Concentration
The Legal Studies concentration emphasizes resolution of commercial disputes, for example disputes arising in a real estate context or in a human resources context, and students with a variety of career goals choose the legal studies concentration. Commercial risk management students choose the concentration to be well positioned to quantify and evaluate alternative resolutions of commercial disputes. This concentration prepares students who are interested in law as a form of critical thinking and analysis of social issues, as well as students pursuing a pre-law curriculum or preparing for a paralegal career. Some graduate track students seek this concentration as preparation for earning a graduate degree in business or for a career in forensic economics. In addition to a broad understanding of the law, quantitative skills are central to the legal studies concentration. Quantitative skills, are needed for estimation of the magnitude of remedies in a commercial context. Risk management requires the ability to be persuasive. Accordingly, written and oral communication skills are important for the legal studies concentration.