Lincoln College’s newest bachelor’s degree option is growing. Beginning in fall 2019, the new Bachelor of Arts in Law is drawing new students to Lincoln College because of the uniqueness of the program.
As of spring 2020, there are a number of courses being offered to new students including Introduction to Legal Studies and Introduction to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. “Given that all but a couple of our enrolled students are in their freshman year of study, we anticipate substantial growth in declared majors after students complete their first course,” said Lead Faculty, Thomas Cullen.
Lincoln College freshman and Lincoln resident Alex Bergin said, “I have been interested in the purpose and operation of the law for a long time so when I learned that Lincoln College was offering legal studies, I jumped at the opportunity. I hope to be able to use my studies here to benefit the people of Illinois as an attorney, legislator, or circuit court judge.”
While there are a handful of schools across the country that offer undergraduate degree programs in law, the Lincoln College program has unique characteristics that make it stand out from other colleges and universities. For example, the Lincoln College program offers courses that are similar to those offered during the first two years of law school.
The curriculum includes a full semester-long LSAT (Law School Admission Test) preparation course. Courses were designed with guidance from practicing attorneys and are taught using the same methods and approach followed by law schools. The program culminates with a Moot Court Trial competition where students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned.
The program offers the flexibility to pursue tracks other than law school preparation. Students who choose not to attend law school but would like to work in the legal profession are still encouraged to enroll.
“I was interested in the legal field because of my mother. She works as a paralegal and it excites me when she is working and I get to go into the office and help her. A week before classes started an administrator told me I could sign up for the new law program and I immediately did,” said freshman Kiya Johnson.
The Bachelor of Arts in Law program prepares graduates to advance to law school or pursue other career opportunities requiring a solid foundation in law such as paralegals, legal administrative assistants, and legal interns.