|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Department:||Applied Science, Technology and Administration|
|Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120|
The Legal Studies Program offers a curriculum for students who have a desire to attend law school, but who also want to be able to work in the legal field as a paralegal/legal assistant. No previous legal/paralegal coursework is required to enter the program. Contact the academic advisor for the Legal Studies Program for additional information concerning the post-baccalaureate certificate. Students majoring in Legal Studies are not permitted to earn the dual major in Criminal Justice or the minor in Criminal Justice.
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.
It is recommended that students successfully complete at least one or two law-related courses before attempting PLA 3103 Legal Research and Writing. PLA 4263 Evidence must be successfully completed before or while taking PLA 4204 Civil Procedure. All Legal Studies majors must successfully complete PLA 4155 Legal Advocacy notwithstanding any prior course work at any other institution. Any course substitutions for specifically listed courses must be approved in writing, in advance by a Legal Studies faculty member. 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.
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 or PHI 2100 Introduction to Logic 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|
It is strongly recommended that Legal Studies students take advantage of courses that will strengthen their skills with spreadsheets, databases, and accounting needed for employment in the legal profession and courses that will strengthen their written and verbal communication skills needed for success in law school.
|Justice Studies Core||12|
|American Justice System *|
|Ethics and the Justice System|
|Law and Society|
|Legal Studies Core||9|
|Legal Research and Writing|
Choose one of the following:
|Constitutional Law for the Paralegal|
|Justice Studies Electives||21|
3000/4000 level electives (PLA, CJC, CJE, CJL or CCJ)
* It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete at least one or two law-related courses before attempting PLA 3103 Legal Research and Writing. Successful completion of PLA 3103 Legal Research and Writing is a prerequisite for PLA 4155 Legal Advocacy.
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).
|Students are required to complete 18 hours of supporting courses selected with and approved by the student's academic advisor. These courses may vary from student to student depending on individual needs and objectives. A list of approved courses is available from the Academic Advisor which identifies courses needed by those who intend to pursue law school and/or those who seek employment in the legal profession in a capacity other than that of an attorney. Courses from the following disciplines may be approved by the advisor: Accounting, Anthropology, Business, Criminal Justice, Communication Arts, Computer Science, English, History, Language, Management, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Public Administration, Religion, Social Work and Sociology.||18|
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)