Law and Society

Interested in a challenging and rewarding field where you can make a difference and positively impact the lives of others? The Law and Society program at Sage College of Albany will introduce you to the study of law, criminal justice and psychology, how they are interconnected, and how they can help us understand the relationship between law and human behavior and the role of law in society.

Each student in Law and Society completes a core curriculum comprised of cross-disciplinary courses. Coursework and internships help students focus their interests.  As part of the major, students select a track or an emphasis within the Law and Society major based on their career goals. 

With a degree in Law and Society from Sage, you'll be prepared to work or continue your education and pursue careers where you can work in the interest of individuals and communities in need.

Law & Society Tracks:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Legal Studies
  • Psychology

What you'll do

With a degree in Law and Society, you'll be prepared to work or continue your education in any field related to law and careers where you can work in the interest of individuals and communities in need.

  • Attend law school
  • Advocate for children
  • Help domestic violence victims
  • Investigate crimes
  • Lobby on behalf of community or public interest organizations
  • Mediate conflict for individuals or communities
  • Work as a professional level paralegal or legal assistant
  • Law enforcement
  • Parole, probation or correction officer

Wherever you go and whatever you do, you'll be in demand for your knowledge, expertise and commitment to making a difference.

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What you'll earn

Paralegals and legal assistants can earn from $24,000 a year to more than $70,000.

Law enforcement officers and criminal investigators can earn from $26,000 a year to more than $83,000, and more than $92,000 for management positions.

Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators can earn from $22,000 to more than $101,000.


Meet Our Students

[Nicholas Haas]Nicholas Haas
Malone, NY

Career Goals:
“My overall career goal is to one day hold public office. Shooting for a Senate seat, fingers crossed.”

Why Law & Society?
“I've always had this bizarre love for history and politics. Something about the way that the law and society evolve and mold each other just fascinates me. Upon entering college, it only made sense for me to follow my passion into the Law and Society program.” 

What is/was your favorite class at SCA?
“My favorite class at SCA has been Current Constitutional Issues. While challenging, Current Constitutional Issues allows students to attack issues from both an ethical and legal perspective through an open forum of debate. Perfect class for a politically inclined mind.”

Have you completed an internship yet?
I am currently applying for the New York State Assembly Internship.

Any extra-curricular activities you’ve been involved with?
While at Sage, I have participated in the cross country team, track and field team, and was an E-board member of the Law and Society Organization.

What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was The Catcher In the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

What cereal most reflects who you are?
“I would say the cereal that most aptly defines my character is Honey Bunches of Oats. A tough and rugged exterior with a taste that is often poised to be unpredictable. Only the almond kind though; the original just doesn't cut it.”

[Brittany Wafer]Brittany Wafer
Clifton Park, NY

Career Goals:
I am interested in child advocacy and law. 

Why Law & Society?
“I watched different kinds of television shows about criminal justice and law as a child. I knew that I wanted to be involved with justice and fixing the criminal justice system.” 

What is/was your favorite class at SCA?
My favorite class is Humanities with Professor Gokey.

Any extra-curricular activities you’ve been involved with?
I am a Student Ambassador for Admissions, a Student Mentor, a Member of the “Sage Select Leadership Program,” and a Student Assistant to an Admissions Counselor.

What was the last book you read?
Reshaping it All by Candace Cameron-Bure

What cereal most reflects who you are?
Honey Nut Cheerios