The law & policy major investigates the laws and policies governing our collective lives, both within the United States and in a broader global context. This interdisciplinary major draws from the fields of economics, sociology, political science, religion, philosophy, environmental studies and others as students develop an understanding of how institutions operate in the application of the law. 

Law & policy majors have the opportunity to take courses and hone their skills in a number of areas, including the following:

  • Constitutional law
  • National security law
  • International law
  • Crime, criminal law and punishment
  • Legal advocacy
  • Social and political equality
  • Human rights
  • Legal ethics

Majors also have the opportunity to develop robust relationships with faculty (sometimes with co-authoring opportunities), county judges and legal practitioners (both offering intern opportunities) and other legal advocates as students discover, study, compete (via mock trial and moot court teams) and intern in various areas of the law.

Contact Info

James M. Hoefler
Professor, Political Science

Department Coordinator:
Maria Ritchie
Academic Department Coordinator


219A, Denny Hall
Mailing Address

Study Abroad
Current Courses
Law at Dickinson




  • Boston University Law Libraries
  • Teach for America
  • The  GMS Group, LLC
  • Freundlich & Littman, LLC
  • TransPerfect Legal Solutions
  • Oaktree Development
  • AmeriCorps/Vista
  • Forry Ullman, Attorneys at Law
  • Cambridge Associates LLC
  • NBC Universal, Inc.
  • U.S. Congress
  • University Physicians' Association, Inc.
  • Wiley Rein LLP
  • Gerson Lehrman Group
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Insight Global
  • General Dynamics Corp

Grad schools

  • New York Law School
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law
  •  University of Notre Dame Law School
  • American University
  • University of Chicago
  • London School of Economics
  • Widener Commonwealth School of Law

  • Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  • Bracewell & Giuliani
  • Cumberland Country Prison
  • Cumberland County Courthouse
  • Department of Homeland Security Cyber Policy Office
  • General Dynamics Land Systems
  • Harford County Department of Law
  • Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, PC Law Office
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas
  • Maine Republican Party
  • Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender
  • Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office
  • State Administration of Taxation, Baling Municipal Office
  • U.S. Army War College - Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • United States Department of State
  • US Department of Labor
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project


“Dickinson gave me the analytical tools, academic abilities, faculty connections and overall support that I needed to tackle my law school admissions cycle. Without the courses, research opportunities and extracurricular involvement I was able to participate in during my time at Dickinson, I never would have gotten here.”

—Tommy Kozdron ’18, now at the University of Notre Dame Law School

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