BA/MA in Legal Institutions and Theories

Prospective graduate students interested in the MA in Legal Institutions and Theories program should visit the program page.

Our combined BA/MA program in Legal Institutions and Theories is specifically designed for GW undergraduate students interested in law, political science, or legal academia. Built upon the strength of GW’s course offerings across the university, the Legal Institutions and Theories program allows students to examine the philosophical foundation of the law, the processes of judicial decision-making, the influence of public opinion on judicial decisions, the impact of the law on society, the institutional structures of the U.S. court system, and the diversity of legal institutions across the world. The majority of the coursework would be offered through the Department of Political Science.

The Legal Institutions and Theories program is ideally suited for students whose interests include pursuing a law degree; students who seek graduate-level courses bridging into Ph.D. studies; or students who want to study the courts and the legal system through classes and internships in the heart of America's legal establishment- Washington, DC .


BA/MA Requirements for Admission

Application to the BA/MA in Legal Institutions and Theories program must occur no later than the spring semester
of a student’s junior year, after completing 75 undergraduate credits. Students should have an undergraduate Grade
Point Average (GPA) above a 3.5. GRE scores are not required for current GW undergraduate students.

For more information, please contact Brandon Bartels.

Hours Required

30 credit hours total (10 courses)

  • 6 hours of undergraduate-level coursework (2 courses)
  • 24 hours of graduate-level coursework (8 courses)

Course Work

BA/MA students are able to count 2 courses (6 credit hours) of their undergraduate-level coursework towards the 30 credit-hour requirement.

Required Interpretation Courses (must take both of these courses): (6 credit hours)

CODE   TITLE   INSTRUCTOR   SYLL  
PSC 6113 The Constitution: History and Ideas Olson  download
PSC 6114 Theories of Judicial Review Bartels  download

Required Institution Courses (must take ONE of these courses; you may take the remaining three as Elective Courses; 3 credit hours)

CODE   TITLE   INSTRUCTOR   SYLL  
       
PSC 8213 Judicial Politics Wahlbeck  download
PSC 8215 Law, Politics, and Society Bartels  download
PSC 8388 Constitution and Democracy Brown  download
PSC 6987 Legal Internship Bartels  download

Elective Courses (must take SEVEN of these courses; 21 credit hours). Note: Recall that additional courses that you take from the Required Institutions Courses list beyond the one required course will be counted as Elective Courses.

CODE   TITLE   INSTRUCTOR   SYLL  

PSC 8210

PSC 8213

PSC 8215

American Institutions

Judicial Politics

Law, Politics, and Society

Maltzman

Wahlbeck

Bartels

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PSC 8217 Executive Branch Politics Balla  download
PSC 8218 Legislative Politics Deering
Binder
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 download

PSC 8219

PSC 8388

Political Parties and Elections

Constitution and Democracy

Binder

Brown

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 download

PSC 6444

PSC 6987

International Law

Legal Internship

Staff

Goldman

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HIST 6370 U.S. Legal History Cottrol  
HIST 6312 Law of Race and Slavery Cottrol  
PHIL 6242 Philosophy, Law and Social Reform Brand-Ballard  
SOC 6259 Criminology Kurbin, Cambliss, Weitzer, Buntman  
SOC 6261 Sociology of Law Cambliss, Buntman  
SOC 6263 Race and Crime Kurbin, Weitzer, Buntman  
WSTU 6266 Gender and Criminal Justice Buntman  
EDUC 6236 School Law and Policy Staff  
EDUC 6560 Legal Problems in Higher Education Barber  
PSC 2213 Judicial Politics Wahlbeck  download
PSC 2214 US Constitutional Law and Politics I Staff  download
PSC 2215 US Constitutional Law and Politics II Wahlbeck  download

ECON 2190

LAW 6214

PSC 8105

PSC 8229

PPPA 6075

PSC 8107

Law and Economics

Constitutional Law I

Readings in Political Theory

Politics and Public Policy

Law and the Public Administrator

Modern Political Thought and Ideologies

Staff

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Staff

Staff

Staff

Staff

 

 

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Students may take up to three of the following courses (9 credit hours): PSC 2213, PSC 2214, PSC
2215, and ECON 2190. Students must satisfy department prerequisites for the selected courses.

Anyone interested in pursuing this option should contact Brandon Bartels.