Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of lawyers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2010-2020 with work opportunities in a wide range of specializations such as environmental, tax, intellectual property, family, securities, litigation, and education.

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies is designed to make it possible for students from diverse backgrounds to enter the legal profession.  Students are generally successful in law school when their undergraduate major focuses on the development of reading, writing, critical thinking, reasoning, analytical skills, and human experience. The Legal Studies program prepares students for future studies related to a career in a legal setting, including work in a private practice or in large corporations, higher education, and administration. The skills developed in the classroom will provide students with options to continue their education in law school or for placement in law enforcement, legal and juvenile justice, victims’ services, community-/institutional-based corrections areas, federal-, state-, and local-level criminal justice and administrative agencies, corrections, and public and private security. Open electives provide flexibility and allow students to explore individual interests.

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the administration of justice with specialized knowledge of related content areas including, but not limited to, police, courts, and corrections.
  • Identify the theories of crime causation, responses to crime, and the implications and application for public policy.
  • Identify and describe legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice decision and policy makers, and the effects of diversity awareness in the administration of criminal justice.
  • Interpret, analyze, and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data in a social science context and communicate effectively using scholarly sources on topics relating to social problems and criminal justice.
  • Apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.
  • Identify and describe the court system, structure and legal process, and how the law and legal systems intersect with systems of power and privilege.
  • Interpret complex laws and court decisions impacting government, business, and society.
  • Students identify, analyze, and assess divergent points of view with mutual respect.



Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies Curriculum

Course: Course Name:Credits:Course: Course Name:Credits:
Freshman Year
LGLS1100Introduction to Law3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3GOVT1108American Government3
LGLS2102Criminal Law3PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3
Math Elective3Legal Studies Elective3
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3LGLS1105Litigation and the Court System3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Sophomore Year
JUST3200Criminal Procedure and Evidence3LGLS3292Conflict Resolution3
LGLS2400Technology and the Law3GOVT3001Political Theory3
ENGL1003Writing about Literature 3CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
Legal Studies Elective3Legal Studies Elective3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Junior Year
LGLS3900Legal Studies Internship or Legal Studies Elective3LGLS3900Legal Studies Internship or Legal Studies Elective3
LGLS3200Topics in Law and Society3GOVT4100American Constitutional Law3
LGLS2300 Legal Research and Writing3Open Elective3
Fine Arts and Humanities Elective3LGLS3001Advanced Legal Writing and Analysis3
Science with Lab Elective4Open Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:15
Senior Year
Open Elective3LGLS4500Legal Studies Capstone3
JUST4505Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice3LGLS1207Contracts and the UCC3
Open Elective3LGLS2305Tort Law3
Legal Studies Elective3Legal Studies Elective3
General Education Elective3SOCI4001Data Analysis3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Total Credits:121

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