Linfield University Law, Rights, and Justice Engage with big questions | Analyze the world | Solve problems

Think about the questions that matter.

We believe every discipline is impacted by the law. Here, you will explore how law relates to what you care about.

The Law, Rights, and Justice major is our latest addition to the offerings in our Political Science Department. In this major, you will explore key philosophical writings on the topics of liberty, rights, and democracy by bringing them to life and analyzing their meaning in contemporary settings and riveting debates like in public “Moral Courts." You will develop communication and critical thinking skills and, because of its interdisciplinary approach, you will explore the big questions in the areas of business, environmental studies, religious studies, or communication arts. Everything is related to the law.

As you journey through your time here, you will have unique experiences that will make you stand out from any other graduate on your way to law school or any career you want. In our department you will:

  • Collaborate with faculty in their pioneering research in political theory.
  • Explore and network career prospects with the opportunity to spend a semester in D.C or with an internship.
  • Engage with current issues with events like “Pizza and Politics.”
  • Network with mentors both in and out of the department.
  • Write your own story with our “senior sequence” geared to have publishable pieces of writing, whether academic or op-eds and a career path.

Check out a year-by-year breakdown of this major!

First Year: Explore

Here are some of the things you can do as soon as you arrive in our department:

  • Learn the foundational blocks of the discipline: Great Political Thinkers and The Study of Law
  • Engage in exciting “Pizza and Politics” events
  • Follow the department social media accounts
  • Join the Elliot Alexander Scholars
  • Start working in one of the most prestigious work-study teams on campus

Second Year: Build

In your second year, you start wandering into the big topics of Law, Rights, and Justice and start making your mark. Adding to all of what was mentioned before, during your second year you will:

  • Take an upper division course that you find interesting like Law, Rights, and Justice; and Social and Political Philosophy.
  • Take Research Methods, a class that will teach you to consume data critically and to propose your own research.
  • Start building connections with alumni and upperclassmen with our PoliSci Alumni and Student Connections program.
  • Participate with faculty in Collaborative Research

Third Year: Apply

During this year you will continue growing and expanding your horizons beyond our campus.

  • You will engage in experiential learning through internships, both locally and in D.C to start gaining professional experience.
  • You will continue learning and exploring through our upper division courses
  • You will partner with a faculty member and conduct unique research with them.

Fourth Year: Master

This year is for reflection and synthesis of all of what you have learned through your journey.

  • You will participate in a Senior Sequence in which you will prepare for a life in the world of law, rights, and justice through several modes of writing and presentations as well as presenting your own Senior Thesis project.
  • You will apply for prestigious graduate programs.
  • You will apply for jobs in the field.

Check out our advising sheet!

Opportunities for our majors

Be part of a unique community that values civic engagement, interesting discussions and out-of-the-box thinking, and join our unique programs listed as follows:

  • The Elliot Alexander Scholars: A selective group of scholars that, because of an outstanding commitment with civic engagement or academic discipline, receive funding for textbooks, special events and collaborative research opportunities.
  • Poli-Sci Connections Alumni Outreach: A collaboration with Career Development to link students with alumni in their fields of interest inside of the world of politics to get a glimpse of life after graduation.
  • Pizza and Politics: Events that feature guest speakers, faculty discussions, and cross-disciplinary interaction about important topics and current events.
  • Team POLS Work Study Team: The team of work study students that makes everything happen!


Come and make your mark!

Want more information?

Or email our department chair Dr. Patrick Cottrell at pat@linfield.edu !