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Assurance of Learning: M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies

Mission Statement: The Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies promotes scholarly inquiry and prepares students to achieve personal fulfillment, workplace success, and the betterment of the human condition. The division's curriculum encourages and lays the foundations for thoughtful and ethical engagement in an increasingly global world of rapid social and technological change. Through applications of the knowledge and methods of history, philosophy and law, students acquire skills in investigation, analysis, evaluation and communication useful in a variety of careers, including teaching, public service entrepreneurship and law-related fields.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduating from the M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies program, students will be able to:

  • apply philosophical and ethical theories to critically analyze and evaluate law and the practice of law
  • assess historical evidence relating to the meaning and significance of legal rules and the application of legal concepts such as federalism, separation of powers, etc.
  • assess the likely social impacts and implications of legal rules
  • apply the law and legal concepts to fact patterns to develop defensible solutions to problems and resolutions of disputes
  • make persuasive written and oral arguments about the law using relevant sources and concepts.