Legal Studies

Discover your place in the world of law as a Legal Studies major at Champlain College. Become an indispensable member of the legal team as you learn to master the skills required of today's professionals, from interviewing clients and researching law to preparing life-altering documents and supporting trials. You will be exposed to the most cutting-edge civil and criminal issues on both a local and global scale.

Upside-Down Curriculum

Through our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll be exposed to the most cutting-edge civil and criminal issues that affect today's society on both a local and global scale. Early on in the program, your Legal Studies education will provide you with analytical and practical skills in subjects such as trial practice and procedure, personal and property crime, contract preparation and negotiation, real estate matters, negligence and product liability, and estate planning. Later, in other courses, you will learn more specialized skills, such as selecting and evaluating evidence for civil and criminal trials, setting up various business organizations, helping people navigate the complex world of workers' compensation, and testing constitutional boundaries of free speech, due process and equal protection. You'll graduate with the knowledge and skills to make you vital to the success of attorneys and other legal professionals, engineering firms, developers, government agencies, health care organizations, banks and real estate firms, among others.


The Legal Studies faculty will offer you everything you need to be career-ready. Each of your courses will be taught by legal professionals. Thanks to our small class sizes, our professors are able to focus on you and your goals, and will help you meet them. Meet our faculty. 


Build a highly marketable resume through extensive internshipoptions. An intensive internship during your final year will solidify your skills and give you the experience that employers and quality graduate programs want. Our Legal Studies students have interned and had summer jobs at local sites including Chittenden Superior Court, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency and private law offices. See where our students have interned. 

Study Abroad 

As a Legal Studies student, yyou can choose to take your international study at our campus in Montreal, Canada, or in Dublin, Ireland, or through one of our Global Partners or third-party programs. Through study abroad, you'll become a more globally engaged citizen based on your exposure to an international array of global legal issues, an important asset for a legal studies professional, and many of our students have completed international field-placements and internships. Explore our study abroad options. 

Graduate with Two Degrees in Four Years

As a legal studies professional, you're bound to face areas of conflict, and having knowledge and skills in legal procedures and mediation and conflict studies will help you tremendously as you begin your career. Through our combined accelerated undergraduate and graduate-level studies program, you can have earned two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and a Master of Science in Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies, in just four years with no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition. Learn more about our combined accelerated undergraduate and graduate-level studies program. 

New York Law School Agreement

If becoming an attorney is your ultimate goal, the Legal Studies program will give you experience and education credentials to make you a highly desirable candidate for any law school you want to attend. Through a partnership with New York Law School, highly qualified Legal Studies students, upon recommendation from the program director, may be admitted on merit scholarship to either the Two-Year Honors Juris Doctor Program or the traditional Three-Year Juris Doctor Program, with guaranteed placement in housing provided by New York Law School. This is a great opportunity for students to continue their career-focused education at a prestigious, career-centered law school. Learn more about our New York Law School Partnership.