Major in Legal Studies
Bachelor of Arts Degree
|Course #||Credit Hours||Course Name|
|____||COMM||240||3||Argumentation & Persuasion|
|____||CJUS||200||3||Intro to Criminal Justice|
|____||CJUS||340||3||Principles of Criminal Law|
|____||CJUS||450||3||Criminal Courts & Process|
|____||LEGL||200||3||Intro to Law and Society|
|____||LEGL||280||3||American Legal History|
|____||LEGL||300||3||Civil Rights and Liberties|
|____||LEGL||350||3||Legal Research and Writing|
|____||POLS||200||3||American National Government*|
|PLUS 3 credit hours in a law elective from any discipline (International Law 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)|
|____||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 the appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.
Among REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION, the student must have a grade point average of 2.00 or higher in the major and have 120 college-level credit hours.
Careers In Legal Studies
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 a 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 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 a 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