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
- Court clerks and administrators
- Government, labor, or union relations
- Judges, magistrates, hearing officers
- Legal assistants, paralegals
- Legislative liaisons
- 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
|Course #||Credit Hours||Course Name|
|_____||COMM 240||3||Argumentation & Persuasion|
|_____||CJUS 200||3||Introduction to Criminal Justice|
|_____||CJUS 340||3||Principles of Criminal Law|
|_____||CJUS 450||3||Criminal Courts & Process|
|_____||LEGL 200||3||Introduction to Law and Society|
|_____||LEGL 280||3||American Legal History|
|_____||LEGL 300||3||Civil Rights and Liberties|
|_____||LEGL 350||3||Legal Research and Writing|
|_____||LEGL 500||3||Field Practicum|
|_____||PHIL 290||3||Applied Logic|
|_____||POLS 200||3||American National Government*|
|_____||POLS 310||3||Constitutional Law|
|Plus 3 credit hours in a law elective from any discipline (International or Business Law recommended)|
|Plus 3 credit hours of ethics from any discipline:|
|Plus one of the following:|
|_____||CJUS 550||3||Seminar in Criminal Justice|
|_____||HIST 510||3||Seminar in History|
|_____||POLS 550||3||Seminar in Political Science|
|Recommended but not required:|
|_____||ENVS 340||3||Environmental Policy and Regulation|
|_____||LEGL 390||3||Special Topics in Legal Studies (may be repeated for credit)|
|_____||SOCI 340||3||Social Problems|
|_____||POLS 210||3||State & 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.