Academic Program Mission Statement:
No school can teach a student how to think, but we can teach students how to think critically. While achieving a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies students are trained in how to examine and evaluate legal ideas, institutions and processes. Combining a legal foundation with critical thinking, students develop the research, analytic and composition skills necessary for success in a variety of law-related occupations, including legal assisting and paralegal careers. The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum (including a study of the law along with the psychology, sociology, criminology and business) allowing students the flexibility to pursue varying interests while maintaining a focus on the law and legal system. For the particularly ambitious student, the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program provides a broad-based knowledge of the law, application to social change and issues, and opportunities for the professional and scholarly growth and advancement needed to successfully transition to a law school upon graduation.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and current American legal system, including its legal procedures, its functions and structure, and substantive areas of civil and criminal law.
- Identify, compare, contrast and discuss (orally and written) current ethical and legal issues demonstrating knowledge of the American legal system, including its legal procedures, its functions and structure, and substantive areas of civil and criminal law
- Research and compose various types of documents, such as research papers, case briefs and memoranda, which integrate analysis of fact patterns and appropriate citations to scholarly sources.
- Display, both orally and in writing, the ability to assemble information from relevant sources and to organize materials for a variety of analytical, evidentiary and decision-making purposes.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical codes and principles applicable to legal professionals, including the ideal that members of the legal profession should be dedicated to serving others honestly, competently and responsibly, with the goal of achieving justice. Demonstrate knowledge of key critical issues in law, social justice, criminal and civil litigation, plaintiff and defendant rights, and ethical dilemmas within the various areas of the criminal/civil legal systems. Identify and demonstrate an understanding of possible policy and practice implications.
Recommended Course Sequencing:
Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.
AC101 Principles of Financial Accounting
CO110 Public Speaking
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
EN206 Introduction to Literature
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU103 World Civilization (Modern)
MH201 College Algebra or MH203 Survey of Math *
LW103 The American Legal System
SS107 Introduction to Sociology
HU135 World Religions or HU152 Introduction to Philosophy
HU232 United States History to 1865
LW203 Civil Litigation
LW205 Legal Research and Writing
LW229 Criminal Law
MN200 Business Law
SS102 Microeconomics or SS103 Macroeconomics
Arts and Science Elective
200-level (or higher) Literature Elective
CO235 Media Law and Ethics or HA215 Medical Law and Ethics or LW215 Justice, Law and Ethics
HU303 United States History Since 1945
LW301 Mediation and Conflict Resolution
LW335 Constitutional Law
SS217 Race and Ethnicity
SS305 Global Issues
Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
200-level (or higher) Legal Studies or
LW495 Legal Studies Seminar
LW499 Legal Studies Internship or LW498 Bachelor Thesis or 300-level (or higher) Legal Studies Elective
SS309 American Politics
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits)
200-level (or higher) Legal Studies Elective
200-level (or higher) Psychology or Social Science or Criminal Justice Elective
300-level (or higher) Legal Studies or Criminal Justice Elective
Total Credits Required For Graduation: 121
* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Sciences elective.