Legal Studies

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:Legal Studies
Department:Administration and Law
Building 70, Room 101
(850) 474-2036
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:22.0302
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 Legal Studies.

Program Requirements

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 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. Any course substitutions for specifically listed courses must be approved in advance, in writing by the Legal Studies Program Advisor.


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 3106 Legal Research and Writing for the elective in this minor.  Students who take PLA 3106 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 2013Survey of American Law3
PLA 3020Law and Society3
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Constitutional Law for the Legal Professional
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3000/4000 level Legal Studies (PLA) courses (3-6 sh)