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About Law and Society

Are you intrigued by the law and how the interpretation and application of it plays out in the courtroom? Do you want to know how law intersects with its larger social, historical, political and economic world? Or, perhaps you plan to pursue a career in law enforcement?

The Law and Society major spans the humanities and the social sciences, incorporating the insights and methodologies of various disciplines, such as anthropology, criminology, economics, history, gender studies, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and comparative studies. Throughout the major, students develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary contexts for the study of law, and an appreciation of how various theories of jurisprudence have molded and continue to mold our understanding of law. Students also gain an appreciation for the complex ways in which law and society impact each other, and how biases about race, class, gender, nationality, ethnicity and other forms of inequality may influence how the law is created, interpreted and implemented. The major fosters a comprehensive understanding of the American legal system, its place within the larger context of comparative legal traditions, and its role in the international legal realm.

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Your Law and Society degree is a broad-based interdisciplinary study in the humanities and social sciences. That means that it provides a solid foundation for many career options, including public service, law enforcement, health care, social services, and legal administration.

A number of Law and Society Ramapo graduates enter law school each year including New York Law School, Rutgers School of Law, John Jay College and Syracuse University. Ramapo also offers a joint B.A./J.D Degree with Seton Hall Law School; this guaranteed admissions program is designed so that high achieving high school students who meet outlined criteria can be accepted to Ramapo and be guaranteed admission to Seton Hall Law School four years later.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$81,420 - $129,110
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$104,970 - $160,720
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers$82,620 - $147,480
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other$29,670 - $82,560
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$44,230 - $125,030
Transit and Railroad Police$62,370 - $107,840
Lawyers$65,730 - Varies
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates$57,060 - $204,210
Court Reporters$36,970 - $103,280
Paralegals and Legal Assistants$37,640 - $86,320
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers$28,960 - $71,730

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services (cahill@ramapo.edu) or visit www.ramapo.edu/careercenter/.

As a Law and Society Major, you’ll dive deeper into your studies through independent study, field work, and your Senior Thesis. Popular internships for our students have included the Mahwah Police Department, Bergen County Police Department, Bergen County Municipal Court, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), county and city courts, law firms, and state senators. Recent internship highlights include the White House, and the international law firm White & Case (Germany).

All students in law and society must write a substantial thesis as their capstone. The best theses are published in the Ramapo Journal of Law and Society (www.ramapo.edu/law-journal), one of the few undergraduate law and society journals in the country. The Journal is run by Ramapo students, most of whom are law and society majors.

Our students also have an opportunity to organize and participate in our signature event series, the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) Discussion Series. The program is open to the entire college community, and has featured speakers from, among others, the Bronx Defenders, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Children’s Rights, Center for Reproductive Rights, American Friends Service Committee, Outten & Golden.

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