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This program is for those who don’t want to wait for courses not usually offered in undergraduate programs. The program engenders versatility in students, offering wide career options that stretch well beyond law school. Each professor teaching Law at Champlain has earned a Juris Doctor degree, and the classes deliver a highly analytical education in subjects such as criminal law, contract law, evidence, civil procedure, legal ethics, and constitutional law. Intern with practitioners and be ready for law school or your career.

Champlain’s undergraduate Law program is the perfect pre-law major for students planning to attend law school, and it’s the ideal foundation for those who want to enter the legal field at graduation.

The curriculum includes government, law, legal research and writing, public speaking, and more.

What is Law?

The study of law explores the system enforced by a particular area to govern its members and regulate their actions. As an undergraduate law student, you’ll dive deep into understanding the legal system, topics within the field—like family law and criminal law—and develop the skills to be successful in the field, like critical and analytical thinking, research, interviewing, investigation, and communication.

Why Study Law at Champlain College?

Champlain’s Bachelor of Science degree in Law is distinctive, providing students with the strongest possible foundation in law and humanities at the undergraduate level. This program is the top choice for students who want to major in Law rather than Legal Studies.

At Champlain, we want you to experience the nature of your major early on. In our Upside-Down Curriculum, your first-year law classes include Criminal Law, American National Government, and Contracts—and they’re all taught by faculty who have years of experience practicing and interpreting law.

Throughout your four years, you’ll explore more specialized areas of the law, such as:

  • criminal law
  • property law
  • wills, trusts, and estates
  • evidence
  • constitutional law
  • civil procedure

Our undergraduate Law education is focused on experiential learning: you’ll research, write about, and give presentations on challenging, complex civil and criminal legal issues that affect society. As a student, you’ll start doing the work of a professional—writing briefs, analyzing cases, and drawing up legal documents—which will give your career a head start and make your graduate school applications stand out.

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Different by Design

Take the Direct Route

Where most schools have political science, Champlain has a Law program specifically for aspiring lawyers.

Be Ready for the Next Step

Articulation agreements with Vermont Law School and New York Law School can expedite your admission.

Get Professional Experience

You’ll gain valuable professional experience with placements in nonprofits and government offices like HOPE Center, Howard Center, Vermont Department of Labor, and more.

Teach and Empower

With Champlain’s Prison Law Initiative, you’ll have an opportunity to teach law and constitutional rights to people incarcerated in Vermont prisons.


The median salary for lawyers according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Projected growth of overall employment for legal occupations from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Of Champlain Law majors were employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduating in the last 6 years.

Sample Courses in the Law Major

Our Law curriculum is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in constitutional law, contracts, and criminal law. From there, you’ll explore specialized topics like family law, business law, and intellectual property. You’ll be able to tailor your learning with elective courses that align with your unique interests. Our Upside-Down Curriculum gets you in your major right away.

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The curriculum at Champlain is very similar to what you see on a law school website. After the courses at Champlain, law school becomes sort of ‘Law School 2.0’ by the time you get there.
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Career Success

Our Law major sets you up perfectly to excel in law school. 84% of Law majors in the Class of 2023 achieved career success.

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By the time you graduate, you will …

  • Interpret and explain the elements of a legal argument or question.
  • Synthesize a response based upon interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of legal issues and relevant authority.
  • Evaluate and analyze source materials, and apply them to issues requiring legal analysis.
  • Prepare and carry out a legal research plan.
  • Draft various legal documents using proper format and appropriate content.
  • Identify the ethical implications inherent in a particular situation, and evaluate the particular course of action to be taken in the face of countervailing pressures.

You’ll Find a Career In…

  • Victim advocacy
  • Compliance Officer
  • Politician
  • Lobbyist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Writer, Journalist or Novelist
  • Legal Process Server
  • Paralegal
  • Probation Officer
  • Real Estate Agent

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