Philosophy of Law

If you are the thoughtful, introspective type, and enjoy examining different points of view, consider majoring in Philosophy of Law. Lewis University's Philosophy of Law program will help you examine the intellectual framework underlying our society and justice system.

Philosophy courses help students develop skills in writing, persuasion and critical thinking. You will learn how to communicate ideas more effectively. You will investigate fundamental questions surrounding nature, being, reason, knowledge and faith -- the same questions that famous philosophers have wrestled with for centuries. As you encounter these issues, you will be able to formulate your own ideas through interactive dialogue with your professor and classmates.

The curriculum focuses on reading and analyzing the works of past and present philosophers, with courses such as Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Contemporary European Philosophy, and Philosophy of God. Additionally, the department offers a large selection of elective courses, with topics including aesthetics, logic, political philosophy and more.

The Philosophy of Law degree is great preparation for students who wish to pursue graduate or professional school. While it offers an ideal academic background for graduate studies in Philosophy or Law, it's also good preparation for careers in psychology, education, social work and more. 

Life After Lewis
While few philosophy students will choose to become philosophers, a philosophy degree offers strong preparation for careers in many fields. Along with a comprehensive liberal arts background, the Philosophy of Law program provides intensive training in both communication and critical thinking. These skills are required for jobs in fields as varied as law, psychology, social work, education, business, marketing, publishing, museum work, nonprofit organizations and the ministry.

In addition, the Philosophy of Law degree provides great preparation for law school or graduate study. The reasoning and writing skills you develop will prepare you for success on the LSAT (required for admission to law school) or the GRE (required for admission to most graduate programs). Some law-related careers to consider:
  • Attorney in corporate or private practice
  • Legal counsel for government or corporations
  • Public defender
  • Politician - local, state or national
  • Public advocate
  • Educator at law school or college
  • Librarian in a law library

Student Talk

  • Sara Morgan

    "I enjoy all of my professors because they're fun to be around. You can talk to them about anything - no matter how strange or out there it is. It opens up more arguments in class, and more things to talk about."