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Legal Studies Major Requirements

Overview

The Major in Legal Studies draws upon the college’s liberal arts tradition to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of law. Students select courses in business, communication, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology as well as specialized courses in legal studies to prepare for careers in law-related fields.

An internship or senior research project provides a capstone experience in which students apply their learning to real-life situations in service to the community. This major equips students for a variety of vocations, including not only legal specializations (such as attorney, paralegal, or corrections officer), but also business leadership, nonprofit board service, community development, and consulting. In addition to gaining a skill set in analytical reading, critical thinking, and persuasive communication, students also will learn to apply biblical wisdom to the ethical challenges of contemporary legal practice.

Students seeking admission to law school will receive special advising in preparation for the LSAT examination. Law schools require neither a major nor a minor in Legal Studies, but rather favor students of any major who can demonstrate skills in research, analysis, and writing. The Legal Studies curriculum does, however, provide pre-law students with unique opportunities to sample the subject matter they will encounter in law school in order to confirm their career ambitions. Meanwhile, both the major and the minor are well-suited to other students desiring a broad foundation in issues pertinent to both American and international law.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in Legal Studies will demonstrate an ability to:

  1. Identify the appropriate legal procedures applicable to a variety of civil and criminal controversies;
  2. Research and analyze the relationships among case facts, statutory law, case law, and constitutional principles involved in specific legal controversies;
  3. Advocate, in both written and oral communication, for a particular party in a legal controversy;
  4. Evaluate, in reference to both the historically contingent legal culture and the more transcendent principles of natural law, the arguments offered by competing sides in legal controversies.

Core Requirements

Lower Division Electives (15 credits)

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Upper Division Requirements:

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