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  • I am thrilled to be the Director of Legal Studies!  Whether you consider yourself law school bound, or are just testing the waters, seek to have a foundation in law as a valuable resource in another career, or simply wish to attain some understanding of law for your own edification, a legal studies minor is an excellent choice. Law is all around us.  It affects our daily lives in innumerable ways. I encourage you to dive in and explore our diverse offerings.

    From business law to criminal law, civil liberties to the mass media, we offer substantive courses that would not be out of place in any of the country's major law schools. However, spanning the university, we also offer classes that approach law through the lens of many disciplines.

    I encourage you to make the most of your legal studies experience. If you have any questions, or are in need of advising, please contact me or Barbara Ford in the Political Science office.  

  • Oct
    Considering Law School?
    Oct. 4th, 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    Recitation Hall Rm # 101
    Presentation will include information on: • Law school admissions competitiveness & career prospects • Tips on the application process • Qualities and experiences law schools seek in candidates • Components of a law school application • Writing an effective personal statement • Preparing for and taking the LSAT • Financing a legal education  
  • Oct
    Oct. 4th, 4:45 PM to 5:30 PM
    REcitation Hall Rm# 101
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  • Christopher J. Merken
    Villanova Law School, 2020

    ​Christopher is a Dean's Merit Scholar at Villanova Law School. While at UD, Christopher embraced the legal studies program, and interned for a UD alumnus and real estate litigator in Wilmington, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and in the White House Internship Program Office of Vice President Joe Biden. Christopher also worked with Legal Studies director Dr. Wayne Batchis to author an encyclopedia entry on the Warren Court, which was published in May of 2017. Outside of academia, Christopher was a Student Alumni Ambassador, and served on the Executive Board for the UD Model United Nations Conference (HenMUN) for two years.

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  • Emily Lentz
    George Washington University Law School, 2019

    Emily Lentz is a merit scholar at The George Washington University Law School. At GW Law, she serves as President of the Antitrust Law Association and Director of Outreach for the Corporate and Business Law Society. Emily currently interns for the Federal Communications Commission. While at UD, Emily interned for the law firm of Ciconte, Scerba & Kerrick, LLC, the Cecil County Maryland State's Attorney's Office, and Governor John Carney's 2014 Congressional Reelection Campaign. Outside of school, she was founding President of the Blue Hen Economics Club, a committee chair of UD's Model United Nations Conference, and a sister of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority.

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  • Legal Studies Program
  • Housed in the Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • University of Delaware - 347 Smith Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2355