Build a Broad Skill Set for Meaningful Work

Law & Society graduates use their interdisciplinary education in professional positions in law, law enforcement and criminal justice, public service, advocacy work and more.

Introduction

As a student in our bachelor’s program in Law & Society, you’ll take introductory classes in criminal justice, law, psychology and sociology, and choose a pathway in one or two of these areas to customize your degree to your career goals. You will also participate in a capstone research project and build your resume and professional network at an internship.

Faculty

Our professors are experienced and respected scholars — but they are teachers, first. Because Russell Sage College is a small school, all Law & Society faculty members get to know every Law & Society student. They will invite you to work with them on research and encourage you to explore the connections between criminal justice, law, psychology and sociology — and they’ll ask you to stay in touch after you graduate. They are invested in your success

 

Program Distinctions

Unlike other professional degrees, Russell Sage College’s bachelor’s program in Law & Society is not lockstep. Every student takes classes in law, criminal justice, psychology and sociology, but not the same fixed set of courses. You will be able to promote your interdisciplinary background on your resume, and you will also be able to customize parts of your course sequence based on your interests and goals.

And for transfer students, we maintain several articulation agreements with local community colleges to help you maximize your transferable credits.

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

Our bachelor’s program in Law & Society will provide you with a broad skill set for meaningful work in your community.

Careers

Law & Society majors become attorneys, state troopers, parole officers, government leaders, social workers and more. Recent graduates have been hired by the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police, Vermont State Police and the New York State Assembly.

A Law & Society degree is also excellent preparation for law school. Russell Sage College offers an accelerated 3+3 bachelor’s degree/juris doctorate degree program with Albany Law School and Suffolk University Law School, which enables qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years instead of seven years.

 

Graduate Studies

Many Law & Society graduates pursue an advanced degree in psychology or another discipline, including:

Our Forensic Mental Health program allows eligible students to take graduate courses in their senior year, reducing the time required to earn both a bachelor’s degree and graduate degree.

 

Learning Experience

The interdisciplinary bachelor’s program in Law and Society at Russell Sage College allows you to explore the intersection of criminal justice, law, psychology and sociology through coursework, internships and research opportunities.

Internships & Research

 

As a Law and Society student, you will build your resume and professional network at an internship aligned with your career goals. Recent employers who have hosted Law and Society interns from Russell Sage College include local district attorney and public defender offices, the New York State Parole Board, the county Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center and Have Justice — Will Travel legal services.

 

Additionally, Law and Society students contribute to faculty research and conduct their own original research. Our students regularly present research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, regional conferences and Russell Sage College’s Undergraduate Research Day.


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Associate Professor of Restorative and Criminal Justice