Prelaw and Legal Scholars Program

Legal Studies Curriculum

The Legal Studies Program of SUU is part of the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice but works with students from all majors who have an interest in a future career in law as an attorney or paralegal. A few law-related courses may be taught throughout different departments and programs. Most notably, the POLSCJ Department offers a prelaw track within its Political Science major, a Legal Studies minor, and an AA/AS (associate’s degree) in Legal Studies.

Legal Studies Minor

Core Courses (12 Credits)

  • LEGL 1100 — Introduction to Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2000 — Legal Research & Writing (3 credits)
  • POLS 3120 — Courts (3 credits)
  • POLS 3510 — Constitutional Law (3 credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Three credits are to come from the following lower division courses:

  • LEGL 1200 — Legal Ethics & Professionalism (3 credits)
  • LEGL 1500 — Family Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 1700 — Torts (3 credits)
  • LEGL 1900 — Civil Procedure (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2100 — Real Estate & Property Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2400 — Estate Planning & Probate Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2600 — Business & Corporate Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2890 — Paralegal Internship (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2900 — Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • CJ 1330 — Criminal Law (3 credits)*
  • CJ 2350 — Laws of Evidence (3 credits)*
  • POLS 1100 — American National Government (3 credits)
  • PHIL 1250 — Reasoning & Rational Decision Making (3 credits)

Three credits are to come from the following upper division courses:

  • CJ 3320 — Criminal Procedure (3 credits)*
  • CJ 4890 — Internship (3 credits)*†
  • POLS 3520 — Civil Rights and Liberties (3 credits)
  • POLS 4890 — Internship (3 credits)†
  • ACCT 3350 — Business Law (3 credits)
  • PHIL 3200 — Deductive Logic (3 credits)

*Note: CJ 1010 Intro to Criminal Justice is a prerequisite for CJ courses, but it will not count toward requirements of this minor.

†Note: Internship must be law-related. Thus, approval of Undergraduate Legal Studies Director needed.

Associate of Arts or Associate of Science (AA/AS) in Legal Studies

General Education Courses (32 Credits)

Core Courses (12 Credits)

  • LEGL 1100 — Introduction to Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 1200 — Legal Ethics & Professionalism (3 credits)
  • LEGL 1900 — Civil Procedure (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2000 — Legal Research & Writing (3 credits)

Electives (15 Credits from the Following)

  • LEGL 1400 — Legal Interviewing, Investigation, Case Prep (3 credits)
  • LEGL 1500 — Family Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 1600 — Criminal Law & Procedure (3 credits)
  • LEGL 1700 — Torts (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2100 — Real Estate & Property Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2400 — Estate Planning & Probate Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2600 — Business & Corporate Law (3 credits)
  • LEGL 2890 — Paralegal Internship (1-3 credits)
  • LEGL 2900 — Administrative Law (3 credits)