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Timeline for Completing the Major in Legal Studies

Proposed Timeline for Completing the Major in Legal Studies (36 Credit Hours)

*Note: This is just a recommendation. Students are free to structure their academic program differently.

Freshman (9 hours)


  • PLS 100: Intro to Law (2)
  • EDL 100: Intro to University Life, Pre Law Section J1 or J2 (1)


  • PLS 200: Intro to Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • PLS 105: Intro to Legal Careers (3) (if necessary)
  • Learning Objective Four: Learning Substantive Provisions of the Law (3)
Sophomore (12 hours)


  • POLS 210 or POLS 211 American Constitution (3) 
  • Learning Objective Two: Critical Reading and Writing Skills (3)


Junior (9 hours)



Senior (6 hours)



  • PLS 400: Comparative Legal Systems (3)


Learning Objective One: Elective List 

CMM 422 Freedom of Expression
HIST 339 History of English Law
HIST 370 U.S. Constitutional History
PHIL 343 Philosophy of Law
POLS 372 Renaissance & Modern Political Thought
POLS 475 Seminar in American Political Thought: Imagining Rights
POLS 493 Judicial Review & American Democracy
SOC 431/531 Issues in Jurisprudence 

 Learning Objective Two 

CMM 305 Argumentation and Debate
CMM 409 Theories of Persuasion
ENGL 302 Rhetoric, Reasoning, and Law
ENGL 393 Special Topics: Law and Literature
PHIL 380 Language and Argument
PLS 200 Intro to Legal Researchand Writing
PLS 250 The Anatomy of a Lawsuit
PLS 300 Alternative Dispute Resolution
PLS 310 Introduction to Trial Advocacy + PLS 310 Introduction to Trial Advocacy Lab
PLS 320 Trial Advocacy Practicum
PLS 390 Introduction to Appellate Advocacy
SOC 439 Criminal Law and Procedure
THR 245 Voice and Diction 

Learning Objective Three

PLS 220 Law: A Service Learning Experience
PLS 410 Legal Internship (Prerequisites: PLS 100 & PLS 200 or 210)
SWRK 703 International Social Work
SOC 400 Field Work Practicum
POLS 380 Structure of Poverty (With permission of Pre-Law Program Director)

Learning Objective Four
Note: Courses are divided by major, however, students are free to take courses outside of their major to be counted towards Learning Objective Four. 

Allied Health Majors
HIM 310 Medico-Legal Aspects
Business & Economics Majors
MGT 218 Legal Environment of Business I
MGT 428 Legal Environment of Business II
MGT 330 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
MGT 424 Legal Issues in Sports and Entertainment
MGT 425 Intercollegiate Athletics Management
ECON 412 Law and Economics
Communications Majors
CMM 305 Argumentation and Debate
CMM 409 Theories of Persuasion
CMM 442 Freedom of Expression
Criminal Justice & Sociology Majors
CCJ 330 Corporate & White Collar Crime
CCJ 400 Field Work Practicum
CCJ 405 Criminal Law and Procedure
Engineering & the Sciences Majors
PLS 350 Environmental Law
PLS 375 Law for Engineers and Scientists
English Majors
ENGL 302 Rhetoric, Reasoning & Law
ENGL 393 Law and Literature
History Majors
HIST 339 History of English Law
HIST 370 Constitutional and Legal History of the United States
Philosophy Majors
PHIL 343 Philosophy of Law
Political Science Majors
POLS 210 American Constitution
POLS 211 American Constitution: Civil Liberties
POLS 310 Judicial Politics
POLS 313 Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
POLS 317 The Legislative Process
POLS 342 Administrative Law
POLS 364 International Law
POLS 493 Judicial Review and American Democracy
Psychology Majors
PSY 448 Psychology and Law
Social Work Majors
SWRK 302 American Social Welfare System
SWRK 711 Social Work and the Law

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