Undergraduate Legal Studies

Degree Programs

Legal Studies ClassThe Undergraduate Legal Studies Program offers a two-year Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies and a minor in Legal Studies. The Paralegal Studies program offers classes online to accommodate distance learning in this growing field.

Paralegal Studies A.A.S. Degree Requirements

General Education Core (21 credits)

  • A minimum of one course in each of the following core categories: English, Mathematics, Information Literacy, Computer Literacy, & Student Success.
  • Three courses from among three of five knowledge areas: Fine Arts, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Life Science, and/or Physical Science.

Paralegal Courses (39 credits)

  • PLGL 1100 Introduction to Law 3
  • PLGL 1200 Legal Ethics & Professionalism 3
  • PLGL 1400 Legal Interview, Investigation, Case Prep 3
  • PLGL 1500 Family Law 3
  • PLGL 1700 Torts 3
  • PLGL 1900 Civil Procedure 3
  • PLGL 2000 Legal Research & Writing 3
  • PLGL 2100 Estate Planning & Probate Law 3
  • PLGL 2400 Real Estate & Property Law 3
  • PLGL 2600 Business & Corporate Law 3
  • PLGL 2800 Law Office Management 3
  • CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
  • CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3

Suggested Electives (1-3 hours)

  • PLGL 2890 Internship 1-3
  • PLGL 2900 Administrative Law 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 64

Requirements for the Legal Studies Minor

Eighteen (18) credits are required to complete this minor.

Core Requirements (6 Credits)

  • POLS 3120 Law, Courts & Society
  • POLS 3510 Constitutional Law

Elective Requirements (12 Credits – no more than 6 lower division credits may be counted toward the minor.)

Three-Credit Courses

  • PHIL 1250 Reasoning and Rational Decision Making
  • PHIL 3500 Ethics
  • PLGL 1500 Family Law
  • PLGL 1900 Civil Procedure
  • PLGL 2000 Legal Research and Writing
  • PLGL 2600 Business and Corporate Law
  • ACCT 2050 Business Law I
  • CJ 1330 Criminal Law
  • CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence
  • CJ 3320 Criminal Procedure
  • CJ 4200 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 4890 Internship (3-6 credits)
  • COMM 4260 Media Law
  • POLS 1100 American National Government
  • POLS 3520 Civil Rights and Liberties
  • POLS 4890 Internship (3-6 credits)Legal Studies Students

Legal Studies StudentsPrerequisite Course:

CJ 1010, Introduction to Criminal Justice. (This is a general education course that does not count toward the 18 credits required for the minor.)

Students are encouraged to participate in an internship during their Junior or Senior years. Internships vary from three to six credits, dependent on the amount of time spent.