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About the Legal Studies Bachelor's Degree
The legal studies major is an interdisciplinary course of study that combines the theories and methods of several social science disciplines with law. The major is intended to develop an understanding of the nature, content, and operation of American law and legal institutions.
Courses in legal studies provide a background for graduate work in administration of justice, business, legal studies, and law as well as work in law-related fields like insurance, social security, and social services. The courses also prepare students for careers in the following settings:
Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in legal studies. Of this total, 30 credits make up the major, which is satisfied by taking courses to complete the core requirements, legal studies electives, and outside electives. Below is an outline of these major course requirements. The remaining credits required for the degree are outlined on the Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree information sheet. Some legal studies courses fulfill the College of General Studies social sciences curriculum requirements. See the current time schedule of classes for specific information.
|LEGLST 0080||Introduction to Legal Studies||3|
|Choose one of the following:|
|LEGLST 1210||Law and Politics||3|
|PS 1213||Law and Politics||3|
Choose six courses:
|LEGLST 0020||Public Law and Moral Reasoning||3|
|LEGLST 1140||Introduction to Criminal Law||3|
|LEGLST 1141||Introduction to Criminal Procedure||3|
|LEGLST 1150||Lawyers and the Legal Profession||3|
|LEGLST 1152||Legal Issues in Public Service||3|
|LEGLST 1155||Law and Social Change||3|
|LEGLST 1230||Psychology and the Law||3|
|LEGLST 1260||Law, Literature, and Cinema||3|
|LEGLST 1261||Language and the Law||3|
|LEGLST 1315||Sex, Law, and Marriage||3|
|LEGLST 1318||Separation, Divorce, and Custody||3|
|LEGLST 1320||Law and Environment||3|
|LEGLST 1325||Consumer Law||3|
|LEGLST 1326||Globalization and Law||3|
|LEGLST 1327||International Law||3|
|LEGLST 1330||Law and Business Corporations||3|
|LEGLST 1340||Introduction to Civil Rights||3|
|LEGLST 1345||Emerging Technologies and the Law||3|
|LEGLST 1355||Emerging Issues in Legal and Social Policy||3|
|LEGLST 1410||Introduction to Legal Research||3|
|LEGLST 1430||Trial Advocacy 1 (Honors)||3|
|LEGLST 1435||Trial Advocacy 2 (Honors)||3|
|CGS 1900-7715||Choosing Your Path: Internship||1 - 6|
|LEGLST 1901||Independent Study||1 - 6|
Choose two courses:
The final degree requirement is completion of six credits (two courses) from a list of approved electives outside of legal studies. The following represents approved courses from various departments:
|ADMJ 0100||Society and the Law||3|
|ADMJ 0500||Introduction to Administration of Justice||3|
|ADMJ 1220||Deviance and the Law||3|
|ADMJ 1450||Critical Issues in Criminal Justice||3|
|COMMRC 1114||Freedom of Speech and the Press||3|
|ENGCMP 0410||Writing in the Legal Professions||3|
|ENGCMP 0560||Writing Arguments||3|
|HIST 1190||Medieval Government and Society||3|
|HIST 1191||English Origins of American Law||3|
|HIST 1690||American Legal History||3|
|PHIL 1390||Philosophy of Law||3|
|PS 1211||The Legislative Process||3|
|PS 1614||Theory of Justice (Honors)||3|
|PSY 0182||Law and Social Psychology||3|
|PUBSRV 1305||Health, Law, and Ethics||3|
|SOC 0471||Deviance and Social Control||3|
Students interested in a minor, rather than a major, in legal studies should check with their academic advisor.
Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.