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


Freshman Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Introduction to Law LGLS1100 3
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Criminal Law LGLS2102 3
Math Elective 3
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1001 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems CORE-ENGL 3
American Government GOVT1108 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Legal Studies Elective 3
Litigation and the Court System LGLS1105 3

Credits Total: 30

Sophomore Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Criminal Procedure and Evidence JUST32001 3
Technology and the Law LGLS2400 3
Writing about Literature ENGL1003 3
Legal Studies Elective 3
Open Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Conflict Resolution LGLS3292 3
Political Theory GOVT3100 3
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Legal Studies Elective 3
Open Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Junior Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Legal Studies Internship OR Legal Studies Elective LGLS3900 3
Topics in Law and Society LGLS3200 3
Legal Research and Writing LGLS2300 3
Science with Lab Elective 4
Fine Arts OR Humanities Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Legal Studies Internship OR Legal Studies Elective LGLS3900 3
American Constitutional Law GOVT4100 3
Open Elective 3
Advanced Legal Writing and Analysis LGLS3001 3
Open Elective 3

Credits Total: 31

Senior Courses

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Open Elective 3
Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice JUST4505 3
Open Elective 3
Legal Studies Elective 3
General Education Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Legal Studies Capstone LGLS4500 3
Contracts and the UCC LGLS1207 3
Tort Law LGLS2305 3
Legal Studies Elective 3
Data Analysis SOCI4001 3

Credits Total: 30

 
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