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Majoring in Legal Studies prepares you for a vast amount of career options that deal with the law, both inside and outside of the legal profession. Customize your study with the electives in the Legal Studies major, a related minor or perhaps intern in an industry you wish to work. The following is a snapshot of some of the jobs legal studies students pursue upon graduation.


Students wanting to become a lawyer will need further education to earn a Juris Doctor, a postgraduate degree that typically takes 3 years. (Learn more here about the 3+3 program at Belmont, an expedited path to law school that allows qualified legal studies majors to begin their first year of law school at Belmont's College of Law in the fourth year of undergraduate, saving time and money.)

Lawyers work in a vast array of industries, including:

  • Federal, state, and local governments as prosecutors or public defense attorneys
  • Government counsels for administrative bodies and executive or legislative branches of government
  • Corporate counsels
  • Public-interest lawyers
  • Entertainment lawyers
  • Environmental lawyers
  • Immigration lawyers
  • Tax lawyers
  • Intellectual property lawyers
  • Family lawyers
  • Securities lawyers 

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. Paralegals and legal assistants are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. 

Human Rights Advocate

Human rights advocates are responsible for ensuring fair and equal treatment for all citizens. These advocates may focus on a specific population, such as individuals with mental health issues or those receiving Medicaid services. Human rights advocates are needed in a variety of organizations, such as healthcare agencies or larger international organizations like the United Nations. Job responsibilities may include working with clients to obtain necessary services, developing educational literature and conducting training sessions within their community, and collaborating with both government and social services agencies to ensure equal access to services. 

Insurance Claims Adjusters

Claims adjusters investigate property damage and personal injury claims to help insurance companies determine appropriate compensation for their clients' losses. They must often interview claimants and witnesses, review police reports and other legal documents, and collect additional evidence.

Legislative Assistant/Congressional Staffer

Legislative assistants work for elected or appointed officials, advocacy groups, or non-profit organizations that wish to change laws for their cause. They write, edit, and track legislative bills as they go through the legislative process. Other job duties for legislative assistants include garnering support for proposals, responding to constituents, and writing speeches for their employers to introduce legislation to committees.

Human Resources/Compliance Officer/Specialist

A compliance specialist is an employee who implements and oversees corporate compliance with applicable laws and policies, both locally and at the federal level. The position may include training employees in compliance procedures. 

Law Enforcement/Courts

There are many jobs that interact with the legal system and for which a degree in legal studies would provide a strong background. In the criminal field, police workers, probation and parole officers, process servers and investigators, courthouse staff, and many government positions exist.

Political Advisor

A political advisor is a consultant who provides services to candidates running for public office. At the top of the profession, senior consultants are involved with campaign strategy. Junior consultants specialize in one of four tracks: fund raising, media relations, polling and opposition research.

Real Estate

Real estate law, trusts and estates, tax law, corporate law, and environmental law all require work by people other than lawyers.