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- Secondary Major in Legal Studies
- Certificate in Legal Studies
Overview: The Legal studies major and certificate serve as excellent preparation for the first year of law school. The program allows students to form an understanding of the legal process and engage in legal research at the undergraduate level. Many students do not realize that there is no single path to prepare them for a legal education. This program allows students to pursue other degree programs that interest them most while supplementing their education with pre-law curriculum.
Offered as a secondary major, students pursue the Legal Studies degree in combination with another major. The area of the second major varies according to the student's interests, such as political science, business, communication, history or modern languages.
Curriculum: Legal studies coursework enhances a student’s ability to articulate legal arguments – both in written and oral communication – while critically analyzing conflicts from opposing perspectives. The major and certificate focus on analytic problem solving skills, critical reading skills, writing skills and research skills. Students will have the option to enroll in a specific Pre-Law University 101 course or Introduction to Legal Careers.
The Legal Studies major is a 36 credit hour program. The Legal Studies certificate is a 24 credit hour program.
About the Faculty: Students in the Legal Studies program will enjoy the benefit of taking classes taught by law school professors as well as professors throughout the University.
Internships: The Legal Studies program recognizes the importance of an internship and its ability to provide that important bridge between academic and professional worlds. To aid students in participating in this rewarding and beneficial experience, the Legal Studies program maintains connections with a variety of legal organizations, law firms and financial institutions, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Equal Housing Opportunity Council, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, First Bank, Hein Law Firm, Interfaith Legal Service for Immigrants, Office of the Public Defender, Rhodes and Lally and many more.
Students in the program also can gain outside experience by working with local high school students through a federally funded program called Project Citizen. Legal Studies students meet with a group of freshmen to identify a public policy problem affecting them, research the issue, evaluate possible solutions, develop their own plan to resolve the problem and present it to lawmakers in a statewide competition.
Careers in the Field: While preparing students for law school, the Legal Studies program also provides students with a broad base of knowledge applicable to numerous fields and occupations, including a legislative analyst, labor negotiator, affirmative action officer, trust officer, political campaign manager, foreign service officer, land use examiner, police administrator, communications consultant, claims adjuster and many more.