Law, Public Policy, and Society

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The Law, Public Policy, and Society Associate in Arts for Transfer program offered by Bakersfield College is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of legal systems, public policy development, and their intersections within society. Through a combination of foundational courses, students will gain insights into the principles of law and justice, learn about the processes involved in policymaking, and explore how these elements impact various societal aspects. The program emphasizes critical thinking, analytical skills, and effective communication, preparing students to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree in fields such as law, political science, public administration, or related disciplines.

ariel view of people walking through crosswalkWhat is Law, Public Policy, and Society?

Law, Public Policy, and Society is an interdisciplinary field that examines the complex relationship between legal frameworks, governmental policies, and their impact on society. It delves into how laws and regulations are formulated, implemented, and evaluated, considering their social, economic, and political implications. This field explores various legal and policy issues, such as civil rights, environmental protection, criminal justice, healthcare, education, and more, aiming to understand the dynamics that shape these systems and their effects on individuals and communities. It also emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, ethical considerations, and effective communication in addressing contemporary challenges and shaping a more just and equitable society.

Is Law, Public Policy, and Society Right for Me?

A Law, Public Policy, and Society Associate in Arts for Transfer degree would be highly beneficial for individuals who are interested in understanding and contributing to the legal and policy-making processes that shape society. This degree is suitable for students who have a passion for justice, advocacy, and public service. If you are interested in analyzing and addressing complex social issues, such as civil rights, environmental protection, healthcare, education, and more, this program provides a solid foundation for further studies in law, public policy, political science, or related fields at a four-year university. Moreover, if you possess critical thinking skills, an aptitude for research, and a commitment to ethical decision-making, this degree will equip you with the necessary knowledge and tools to effect positive change in your community and beyond.

Studying Law, Public Policy, and Society requires a diverse set of traits and skills to excel in this interdisciplinary field. Here is a list of key qualities that would make someone a good fit:

  • Analytical Thinking and Strong Communication
  • Ethical Awareness and Research Skills
  • Empathy and Social Awareness
  • Adaptability and Leadership
  • Time Management Public Speaking
  • Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Problem-Solving and Resilience

These traits and skills can foster success in the field of Law, Public Policy, and Society, enabling individuals to contribute meaningfully to shaping a more just and equitable society through legal and policy frameworks.

Law, Public Policy, and Society Degree

Law, Public Policy, and Society Associate in Art for Transfer

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Law, Public Policy, and Society Careers

With a Law, Public Policy, and Society Associate in Arts for Transfer degree, individuals can explore various entry-level career paths in the legal and public policy sectors. While this degree provides a strong foundation, keep in mind that advanced studies at a four-year university and beyond may be necessary to pursue certain roles. Here are some potential career options:

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal: Legal assistants and paralegals work in law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies, supporting lawyers in research, drafting legal documents, and preparing for trials.
  • Policy Analyst: Policy analysts evaluate existing policies, conduct research, and propose recommendations to address societal issues. They may work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or think tanks.
  • Legislative Aide: Legislative aides assist elected officials in developing and analyzing legislation, preparing reports, and conducting research to support policy-making decisions.
  • Community Organizer: Community organizers work with communities to identify issues, mobilize support, and advocate for policy changes that address social and political concerns.

It's important to note that while an Associate in Arts degree can open doors to entry-level positions, higher-level positions in law and public policy may require additional education, such as a Bachelor's degree or advanced degrees like a Juris Doctor (JD) for law-related roles or a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) for policy-related positions. Additionally, gaining relevant work experience and networking within the field can further enhance career opportunities.

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Graduates with an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. Students with an Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community major. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

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