|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Department:||Applied Science, Technology and Administration|
|College:||College Professional Studies|
|Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120|
The Legal Studies Program provides students with a broad understanding of basic
principles of law and the role and function of the legal system. While no
specific major is prescribed for admission to law school, many pre-law students
elect to major in Legal Studies. The Legal Studies Program, in addition to
preparing students for law-related careers, provides a foundation for law school
or other graduate education. All of the full-time Legal Studies faculty are
attorneys who are graduates of ABA-Approved law schools and are available for law
school advising. Legal Studies students are encouraged to work closely with
Legal Studies Advisors in planning their programs. Satisfactory completion of
program requirements leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in
In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies must meet the requirements listed below. A grade of “C” is required for all courses listed as core courses.
Students should complete all General Education requirements before taking upper
division courses (3000-4000-level). Students should complete PLA 3703 The Legal System and Ethics as one of their first PLA courses. Students should complete at
least one or two law-related courses before attempting to take PLA 3103 Legal Research and Writing. Students must complete PLA 3103 Legal Research and Writing
before enrolling in PLA 4155 Legal Advocacy. All Legal Studies majors must
successfully complete PLA 4155 Legal Advocacy notwithstanding any prior course
work in legal research and writing.
Students may get credit for a maximum of 6 hours of Field Study / Internship /
Directed Study. All PLA courses presume competency and experience with word
processing, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail and Internet. If you do not have
experience in these areas, it is suggested that you complete CGS 2570 Personal Computer Applications prior to taking any PLA courses. Any course substitutions
for specifically listed courses must be approved in advance, in writing by the
Legal Studies Program Advisor.
In addition to the general studies requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Studies curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "Graduation and General Degree Requirements" section of this catalog.
General Studies Curriculum:
|Total Semester Hours:||36-37|
Legal Studies majors should take PLA 2013 Survey of American Law to fulfill the socio-political perspectives component of General Studies and either PHI 2603 Ethics in Contemporary Society or PHI 2103 Critical Thinking to satisfy the humanities contemporary values and expressions component of General Studies. Legal Studies students planning to take the LSAT and seek admission to law school should take a course in Logic or Critical Thinking to meet the humanities contemporary values and expressions component of General Studies.
|Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to complete at least 60 semester hours in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.||24|
All PLA courses presume competency and experience with word processing,
spreadsheets, databases, e-mail and Internet. If you do not have experience in
these areas, it is suggested that you complete CGS 2570 Personal Computer Applications prior to taking any PLA courses.
It is strongly recommended that all Legal Studies students take advantage of courses that will strengthen their skills with spreadsheets, databases, and accounting needed for employment in the legal profession.
For students who plan to pursue law school, it is strongly recommended that
students take advantage of courses that will strengthen their written and verbal
communication skills needed for success in law school.
|UWF Legal Studies Core - minimum "C" required in all||18|
|Law and Society|
|The Legal System and Ethics|
|Legal Research and Writing *|
|Legal Advocacy *|
|Constitutional Law for the Paralegal|
|UWF Legal Studies Major Electives (choose 21 hours) Select any PLA 3/4000 level courses not taken as part of the core; some courses require a minimum GPA or prerequisites. Contact your advisor for additional information.||21|
* Students should complete at least one or two law-related courses before
attempting to take PLA 3103 Legal Research and Writing. Students must complete
PLA 3103 Legal Research and Writing before enrolling in PLA 4155 Legal Advocacy.
All Legal Studies majors must successfully complete PLA 4155 Legal Advocacy
notwithstanding any prior course work in legal research and writing.
Students can satisfy up to 6 hours of the Justice Studies Electives requirement with service learning, internship and/or directed study courses (the combination of these may not exceed 6 hours).
|Supporting Electives from Related Programs (9 hours) Criminal Justice (CCJ, CJL, CJE, CJC) History (HIS, EUH, AMH) Philosophy (PHI, PHM) Political Science/Government (POS, POT, INR) Public Administration (PAD) Business Administration (MAN, INP, GEB, COM, SPC, ENC, ACG, FIN)||9|
|Suggested/Approved Supporting Elective Courses from Related Programs offered at UWF :|
|Ethics, Philosophy and Critical Thought:|
|Social and Political Philosophy|
|Written and Verbal Interactions with Others|
|Business and Professional Communication|
|Writing for Business: Theory and Practice|
|Behavior in Organizations|
|Human Resources Management|
|Argumentation and Debate|
|Interviewing and Recording|
|Accounting for Non-Majors|
|Business Foundations for Non-Business Majors|
|U. S. Constitutional and Legal History (to 1877)|
|U. S. Constitutional and Legal History (Since 1877)|
|English Constitutional and Legal History|
|Model United Nations|
|The Constitution and the Press|
|Issues in American Government and Politics|
|The Founders' Constitution|
|Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers|
|Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Privileges|
|First Amendment Freedoms|
|American Political Thought|
|Modern Masters of Political Thought|
The Legal Studies Pre-Law Minor is meant as a supplement to majors other than Legal Studies and is for those who want a minimal background to prepare for law school or who want an introduction to terminology and basic ideas and skills related to the law and the legal profession. In contrast, the Legal Studies major emphasizes legal career preparation. Students who are considering attending law school are strongly encouraged to complete PLA 3103 Legal Research and Writing for the elective in this minor. Students who take PLA 3103-Legal Research and Writing should successfully complete at least one or two law-related courses before attempting this course. Contact a Legal Studies advisor who will assist in choosing appropriate courses. A minimum of 9 sh of upper division courses must be completed at UWF. Legal Studies majors may not earn this minor.
|PLA 2013||Survey of American Law||3|
|PLA 3020||Law and Society||3|
|Constitutional Law for the Paralegal|
3000/4000 level Legal Studies (PLA) courses (3-6 sh)