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Law & Society

The degree
Law is a key force in society. The law and society degree examines how the law shapes government, the justice system, crime and other social problems, as well as how social movements, officials, professionals, and ordinary people in every walk of life use law to bring change and improve society. 

According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), law and society jobs are expected to increase by more than 1,200 in the Kansas City area from 2014-2024, with a significant demand among the region’s police departments. KU Edwards Campus is the only institution in the Kansas City area to offer this in-demand degree.

An ideal undergraduate degree if you are planning to go to law school, this program teaches about: 

  • Facets of the legal system and how they interact 
  • Legal policy
  • Legal and justice institutions
  • Crime and other social problems
  • Social movements and use of law for reform
  • Psychological attitudes and perceptions related to law
  • Managerial and organizational processes
  • How to develop effective written arguments and oral presentations

You also learn critical thinking and analytical skills – vital to professional success in law school and public agencies – in small classes utilizing discussion-oriented learning. Faculty mentors guide you through writing, research and career planning.

Career paths
Offered through KU’s nationally recognized School of Public Affairs and Administration, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of General Studies in Law & Society provides real-world experience through local internships, academic research, and experiential learning opportunities. After completing the program, you will be well prepared for graduate study in law, public administration or social work, or immediate employment in roles such as: 

  • Research analyst
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Probation officer
  • Judicial law clerk
  • Legislative analyst
  • Legislative post audit analyst
  • Corrections officer
  • Paralegal
  • Detective
  • Social worker
  • Nonprofit administrator

Explore opportunities in the legal field, law enforcement, corrections and more at organizations including:

  • Courts
  • Criminal justice organizations
  • Police departments 
  • Nonprofit associations
  • Governmental and political institutions
  • Policy think tanks
  • Human-rights and social-justice groups

For more information about potential career paths, visit career.ku.edu/lawandsociety.

Convenient class times and location 
Flexible course schedules allow full-time employees and nontraditional students to earn a bachelor’s degree without sacrificing the traditional classroom experience. Late afternoon and evening courses meet once per week, allowing you to balance work and family commitments with coursework.

If you are based in Lawrence, the 510 K-10 Connector bus takes you right to the KU Edwards Campus. 

Pursue Your Anything
Cost per credit hour
Resident or MetroKC Nonresident
$452.95 $993.30

Learn more about scholarships and aid.


Liz Barton
Academic Success​ Coach