MSU helmetHumanities — Prelaw

This interdisciplinary, liberal arts pre-law major is particularly appropriate for students who plan to attend law school or work in government or corporate settings but who also have an interest in the humanities and arts. Students work closely with their academic adviser to design a major with three core areas of five or more classes each. Students hone critical research, writing and presentation skills as they focus on areas of particular interest to them.

What can I do with Humanities — Prelaw?

Humanities — Prelaw focuses on addressing issues through governmental initiatives, shaping and influencing policy through political systems and institutions to ensure that fundamental rights and the needs of the public are universally recognized. Professionals in this area achieve these means through advocacy, law, political campaigns, and administration at the local, state, and federal levels. On an international level, work in this career community may emphasize international diplomacy, foreign service, trade, customs, education, and defense.

Opportunities exist within public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors and ranges from work in policy and advocacy, law, civil service in local, state and federal government, and cause-based work. To be successful, an ambitious, resilient and thoughtful mindset as well as the ability to work with various groups and cultures is needed.

Alumni work at:

  • Nicholas Law Firm
  • Miller Canfield
  • Doctors Company
  • Innocence Project
  • Michigan Public Health Institute
  • State bar associations
  • U.S. Senate

Alumni work as:

  • Associate attorneys
  • Governmental relations specialists
  • Project assistants
  • Law clerks
  • New business development coordinators
  • Urban policy consultants
  • Judges

Possible Careers Include:

  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Translation & Interpretation
  • Human Rights
  • Legal & Paralegal
  • Foreign Policy
  • Public Health
  • Contracts & Negotiation
  • Foreign Intelligence
  • Trade & Commerce
  • Study Abroad Administration & International Education
  • Intellectual Property
  • Political & Legislative Aides


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