Where History and Law Collide: Legal Studies Program Internships
Our Legal Studies Program, being led by a historian and under the history department’s umbrella, means that our students have opportunities to explore internships outside of the classic law firm experience. While our department has been more focused on the latter, my new directorship wants to move that toward the former. The program name change from Paralegal to Legal Studies took place just last year, during my first year as director. It more accurately describes what we do as a department, and it is much easier to recruit.
Winona State University is also a smaller school, located in a town of around 35,000. Our school has an undergraduate enrollment of close to 9,000. Also, we are located at the southeastern most tip of Minnesota along the Mississippi River. WSU is also located within an hour’s drive of the states of Wisconsin and Iowa. With all of the above factors combined, our Legal Studies Program offers students the opportunity for a history and law internship unlike any other. Students can explore law in a unique setting, considering the influence of history on their program and their curriculum.