The Legal Studies major is designed for students who wish to attend law school or to pursue other careers in the legal field such as court clerks, paralegals, mediators, etc. Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts major that engages the meanings, values, practices, and institutions of law and legality. The Legal Studies curriculum examines how law shapes and is shaped by political, economic, and cultural forces. The major is designed to stimulate critical understanding of and inquiry about the theoretical frameworks, historical dynamics, and cultural embeddedness of law.

  • The Legal Studies major at Alderson Broaddus University is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with the professional skills and content knowledge necessary for success in law school or in a variety of other legal careers.
  • Students enrolled in the major will take courses in legal research and writing, argumentation and logic, legal principles and history, civil rights and liberties, and ethics.
  • Preparation for professional exams (LSAT, paralegal licensing exam, etc) can also be obtained.
  • Students gain real world experience by participating in an internship during their senior year.
  • Careers available to graduate of the legal studies program include
    • Arbitrators or mediators
    • Attorneys
    • Court clerks and administrators
    • Government, labor, or union relations
    • Judges, magistrates, hearing officers
    • Legal assistants, paralegals
    • Legislative liaisons
    • Lobbyists
    • Politicians
    • Research Associates
    • Social Workers
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, strong growth is anticipated over the next 10 years in these fields including:
    • Arbitrators and mediators, 10.8% growth
    • Attorneys, 9.8% growth
    • Court clerks, 10.6% growth
    • Paralegals/Legal Assistants 16.7% growth

Required Courses:

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
_____COMM 2403Argumentation & Persuasion
_____CJUS 2003Introduction to Criminal Justice
_____CJUS 3403Principles of Criminal Law
_____CJUS 4503Criminal Courts & Process
_____LEGL 2003Introduction to Law and Society
_____LEGL 2803American Legal History
_____LEGL 3003Civil Rights and Liberties
_____LEGL 3503Legal Research and Writing
_____LEGL 5003Field Practicum
_____PHIL 2903Applied Logic
_____POLS 2003American National Government*
_____POLS 3103Constitutional Law
Plus 3 credit hours in a law elective from any discipline (International or Business Law recommended)
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Plus 3 credit hours of ethics from any discipline:
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Plus one of the following:
_____CJUS 5503Seminar in Criminal Justice
_____HIST 5103Seminar in History
_____POLS 5503Seminar in Political Science
Recommended but not required:
_____ECON 2013Microeconomics
_____ENVS 3403Environmental Policy and Regulation
_____LEGL 3903Special Topics in Legal Studies (may be repeated for credit)
_____SOCI 3403Social Problems
_____SOCI 3503Criminology
_____POLS 2103State & Local Government

Foreign language: Three semesters of one modern foreign language are required. (See policy on placement in courses)

Liberal Studies program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.

Requirements for graduation: the student must have at least a 2.00 average in the major.