Law, International Policy, & Political Studies
Students looking to enter the world of law and political science are intrigued by current events, how laws are made, or the comparative structures of governments across the world. They learn how public policy is formulated and the impact of policy on the social and economic status of the populace. By pursuing one of these pathways, you will learn to protect civil liberties, defend the rights of marginalized interests and groups, and craft or challenge the rules of the political system.
AT A GLANCE
IS THIS YOU?
I am interested in exploring multiple perspectives on humanity.
I am creative and enjoy answering open-ended questions.
I enjoy writing and write to express myself.
I enjoy deliberative dialogue and debate.
I am detail-oriented and enjoy helping people get and stay organized.
I am multilingual or interested in learning a new language.
POLITICAL & GOVERNMENT
ANALYZING Geopolitics, DOMESTIC POLITICS
CREATING & EVALUATING
Explore the Different Possibilities
Check out the specific concentrations within this interest cluster, with information regarding specific careers, as well as potential majors to pursue in college!
Global Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of complex issues of a globalizing world. Potential majors will allow you to become a globally minded policymaker serving in a national, regional, or local government agency; international or nongovernmental organization; or multinational corporation.
Government + Public Administration
For students that seek to enforce the public will through government. Potential careers include: Governance, National Security, Foreign Service, Planning, Revenue and Taxation, Public Management and Administration
For the future local, national and global leaders. Potential careers include: Management, Political Science, Global Health, International Affairs, Social Justice, Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change
Pre-Law, Administration of Justice
For those who are interested in the legal and justice system. Potential careers include: Attorney, Paralegal, Judge, Law Clerk, Law Enforcement Services, Security and Protective Services, Emergency and Fire Management Services, Court Administrator
Social Issues + Social Justice
For those who are moved by current events and social justice. Potential careers include: Global Affairs, Global Health, Political Science, International Studies, Public Policy, Social Welfare, Lobbying
Connect with Alumni or a Senior Mentor
Check out how our alumni students and current seniors are pursuing this pathway! Learn about what it takes. To learn more about an alumni's journey, check out their roadmap.
Choosing the Right Courses
Provided here are the COC classes that are recommended for your pathway. You are not required to take all them, so you should talk to your counselor to clarify which classes are right for you. Explore the different possibilities below!
Analyzes the elements and interconnections among Earth's physical features of lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, annual seasons, and its humans. Examines geospatial concepts including location, distance, time zones, and cartography.
Civil Litigation I
Examines the basic functions and procedures found within a civil law office, including pre-suit considerations, jurisdiction, initial pleadings, challenges to and amending the pleadings, calendaring deadlines for pleadings and challenges to pleadings, and review of legal ethics.
Introduction to Law
Provides an overview of the legal system and practices of the legal profession, including paralegals, in the United States while introducing legal concepts, terms, and theories.
Social Justice Studies
Introduces social justice theories and the historical and contemporary responses to inequality and injustice. The role of imbalances of power in society, social movements, culture, politics and institutions will be discussed. The course also explores a broad range of issues including notions of inequality based on race, class, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and issues related to environmental and criminal justice and human rights.
Introduces international relations theory and analysis examining national, international, transnational and subnational actors and their institutions, interactions and processes as they relate to global issues with specific focus on the basic historical, geographical, economic, ideological, and strategic factors which underlie conflict and cooperation among nations.
Explores the major political concepts and theories from the early Greeks to modern day political philosophers, including the origins of government, state power, justice, and the distribution of political and economic resources.
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Examines the institutions, activities, and issues of American and California governments while presenting an overview of the major ideas and forces that shape the use of public power in American society. The Constitution, the three branches of government, political parties, interest groups, and the media are among the major topics covered. Satisfies the Title V U.S. Constitution requirement and the California State and local government requirement.
Introduces the basic principles of investigation utilized in the justice system, including how to deal with the public, knowledge of crime scenes, interviews, evidence, surveillance, follow-up, technical resources, and the role of the investigator in case preparation for trial.
Introduces the fundamentals of evidence in a law enforcement context including relevant constitutional issues, Supreme Court decisions, and the California and Federal Rules of Evidence.
Deschenes, N., Dejesus, W.
Presents the historical development, philosophy of law and U.S. Constitutional provisions, including definitions, classification of crimes, concepts of legal research, case law and concepts of law as a social force. Discusses various elements of crimes and relates common law to current California law.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR THIS PATHWAY
Be prepared for heavy reading and writing.
Politics are not only for people interested in argumentation (people interested in data analytics, policy writing, lobbying)
It is highly encouraged for students interested in this pathway to join COC Model UN.
Don’t feel discouraged because you aren’t STEM. Spend your time taking POLISCI classes rather than furthering your math into the Calc sequence
Law schools, like top colleges, want to admit students who have been able to excel in challenging courses and difficult subjects, and law schools tend to think it's not as challenging to get good grades in pre-law than in most other majors.
However, if you’re able to get excellent grades and a high LSAT score, you can still demonstrate your competence as a pre-law major.