The Political Science and Legal Studies Programs have a number of scholarships that they award each spring, including the Hargrave Pre-Law Scholarships, the Dean Peterson Scholarship in Legal Studies and the Burl Harris Scholarships. To apply, email Department Chair Christine Pappas at email@example.com. Please include your name, major or potential major, and your career goals. Scholarships range in size between $200 and $500. High school seniors are encouraged to apply.
Kate Springer, a political science major from Maud, is awarded the Harris Scholarship.
She is accompanied by Dr. Pappas, Dr. Peaden, Dr. Draper, and Dr. Owens.
Should you choose Political Science or Legal Studies?
Students seem to become interested in our department for three reasons. First, they seek training to work in a law office as a legal assistant. Second, they want to go to law school and become an attorney. Third, they simply love politics. If any of these descriptions fit you, you have come to the right place. Next, you need to decide if you should major in political science or legal studies. Many of our students wrestle with the decision about which is the best path for them. The truth is that ECU has prepared many successful law students in each program. Legal Studies is more legally technical. If you wish to become a legal assistant, this is the major for you. Political Science is more conceptual, so people who love ideas or arguing about politics will feel more at home with this major. Many students major in one, and minor in the other. The Legal Studies minor provides students majoring in other degree fields the opportunity to explore law as a discipline at the undergraduate level and study the impact of law on their area of interest. The Legal Studies minor is not approved by the American Bar Association as the Legal Studies minor is not intended to prepare students for paralegal positions. Students who minor in Legal Studies should not represent themselves as prepared for paralegal employment. The legal studies minor is open to pre-law students and students from any other discipline at ECU. Graduates of ECU's ABA Approved Legal Studies program are immediately employable in a law office as a paralegal or legal assistant. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Success in any career today demands flexibility based in three skill areas: the ability to think critically, the ability to analyze information from a variety of sources and apply that analysis to solving problems, and the ability to communicate that analysis to others. These skills are particularly critical for careers in law, government, business, teaching, medicine, as well as for successes in graduate or professional school. Both political science and legal studies equip students in these three areas.
For the 4th year in a row, ECU was honored for its civic engagement after tying for first place
in the Oklahoma Campus Compact 2017 Voter Registration Contest.
Do you wish you could major in PRE-LAW?
While Pre-Law is a major at many colleges and universities, at ECU, we channel students either into political science or legal studies. While you will not have to decide right away, we suggest that you make a decision by your Sophomore year so you can take the recommended General Education classes for your major and get on the right track. For more information or advice, contact Dr. Christine Pappas, Pre-Law Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECU Political Science and Legal Studies builds leadership skills and expands horizons.
In 2015, ECU fielded its first Mock Trial team. Here the ECU Mock Trial Team is posing with "Ichabod Crane" before the 2017 Regional competition at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. ECU is a member of the American Mock Trial Association. The team is coached by Dr. Preston Draper and competes against other universities in the region.