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Law and Economics

Program Overview

Economics makes you a better decision maker. Law sharpens your skills of reasoning and argument. Central Michigan University's law and economics major puts those disciplines together, giving you the insight into the boardroom or the courtroom.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 33

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a law and economics major at CMU, you’ll learn to think critically about complicated situations and gauge how others are likely to react.

This unique program is one of just a handful in the United States. If you want to go to law school, you'll get reasoning and argumentation skills you'll draw on for years to come. And you'll get a broad overview of individual rights and our legal systems that complement work in many other disciplines.

Classes in economic theory will contribute to your analytical and decision making skills. Business law courses will expose you to basic legal concepts, such as contracts and property rights, various issues in discrimination, and regulatory environment of business. Beyond that, have the freedom to take courses in other areas that interest you. (A variation of this program is also offered through our College of Business Administration. Students in that program take more required business courses, and take fewer elective classes.)

Graduates of CMU's law and economics program are problem-solvers and solution-finders. You'll become a better writer and thinker—skills that will serve you well in law, business or countless other careers.

Program Highlights

As a law and economics student, you will:

  • Study at the only college in Michigan to combine law and economics into a single program.
  • Get real-world experience through opportunities like The Capital City Internship Program (CCIP). Which provides you the opportunity to gain experience, network, and learn the critical role government plays on campus and in our communities through an internship in Downtown Lansing.
  • Learn the language used in law and microeconomic analysis.
  • Join Phi Alpha Delta, an academic pre-law fraternity of students who are interested in careers in law.
  • Become familiar with the institutions and processes of the U.S. legal system and develop effective written communication skills to support legal reasoning.

Careers & Outcomes

Grads of the law and economics program go on to careers in the private sector, public service, law and many other fields.

Career Projected Salary
Paralegals/Legal Assistants $59,200
Social Science Researcher $55,076
Technical Writer $79,960
Economist $113,940
Credit Analyst $92,180
Economic Consultant $86,683

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