ACHLS Student in ClassThe American College of History and Legal Studies, located in Salem, New Hampshire, offers a two year, full-time academic program for students to obtain their Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in history and legal studies. Students take twelve (12) credit hours during each fifteen (15) week semester and six (6) credit hours each summer.

The American College of History and Legal studies courses are related to American History and use the Harkness discussion method in all courses to enhance the learning and classroom experience. Small classes conducted by dedicated professors help optimize each student’s learning experience.

Curriculum

Junior Year

FALL SEMESTER:
American History I (1607-1865)
Writing I

SPRING SEMESTER:
American History II (1865-present)
Writing II

SUMMER SEMESTER:
American Constitutional History
The History of the American Economy and Government Regulation

Senior Year Option 1

Early Admission to Law School*
Civil Procedure and Conflict Resolution (4 credits)
Contracts (5 credits)
Criminal Law (3 credits)
Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
Property (5 credits)
Writing, Research,and Trial Advocacy (3 credits)
Torts (4 credits)
Writing for Lawyers/Writing and Legal Reasoning (3 credits)

*Students must have a GPA of 2.7 or greater after the junior year and apply to the Massachusetts School of Law

Senior Year Option 2:

Concentration in Lessons of American History

FALL SEMESTER:
History of Political and Legal Traditions in the United States (4 credits)
History of the Clash Between Ideals and Practicality in the United States (4 credits)
Major Issues of American History from 1865 to the Present (4 credits)

SPRING SEMESTER:
The Advanced Course in the Possible Lessons of History for Current and Future Policies (4 credits)
Two courses in one of the following concentration areas (4 credits each):
The History of Civil Rights
The History of Urban Growth and Immigration
The History of American Foreign Relations

SUMMER SEMESTER:
Two courses in one of the following concentration areas (3 credits each):
The History of Civil Rights
The History of Urban Growth and Immigration
The History of American Foreign Relations