Academic Catalog

Legal Studies - B.A.

Legal Studies begins with a set of core courses, which, taken together, offer an interdisciplinary, liberal arts framework and a foundational knowledge of legal concepts, theories, and practices.  Courses are drawn from Sociology, Communications Studies, Philosophy, Politics, and Business.  The core curriculum will provide students with the requisite knowledge and perspectives necessary to create a self-designed concentration of 15 credits that will be created in close-consultation with their academic advisor. This concentration will immerse students in a subject area of interest to deepen their understanding of the topic.  At the advanced level, students will be required to take a course on legal research, and a capstone course that will involve either an intensive internship experience, closely directed by a faculty advisor, or an intensive research seminar.

Summary

Major Requirements39
Integrative Core Curriculum 128-40
Electives41-53
Total Credits120

1 See Integrative Core Curriculum requirements, with information about the H&S CLA requirement.

Degree Requirements

CORE COURSES
LGST 10100Foundations in Law and Justice3
CMST 12400Courtrooms & Communication3
SOCI 20300Juvenile Delinquency3
or SOCI 21400 Definitions of Normality
TVR 12300Introduction to Law and the Media3
or GBUS 20300 Legal Environment of Business I
PHIL 26500Philosophical Problems in Law3
POLT 30300Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3
or POLT 31000 Supreme Court in U.S. Politics
LGST 32300Legal Research Seminar3
CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
LGST 40200Senior Research Seminar in Legal Studies2
or LGST 49800 Senior Internship in Legal Studies
LGST 48000Capstone in Legal Studies 1
SELF-DESIGNED CONCENTRATION 115
All Legal Studies majors design their own concentration, in consultation with their advisor, related to a field of special interest to them. Courses that can be combined together for a concentration can be drawn from LGST courses and courses with the attribute of "Legal Studies Major - concentration"; other courses will be considered on a case by case basis. Concentrations must be approved by the program coordinator no later than a student’s junior year.
The concentration design must meet the following criteria:
•no more than 3 credits may be at the 100-level
•at least 6 credits at level 3 or above
•no more than 6 NLA credits
•no more than 9 credits with the same subject code prefix
•cannot include courses that are counting as part of the core requirements.
Total Credits39

1 Courses designated with a Legal Studies Major-Concentration attribute may have additional prerequisites that the student is responsible for meeting.

SAMPLE CONCENTRATIONS

Students have many options for developing concentrations; the tables below show a few concentrations in particular focus areas that provide examples of the types of concentrations that can be designed.

Politics of Law

POLT 10100U.S. Politics3
CSCR 23700Policing the Borderlands: Power, Policy, and Justice3
or CSCR 21100 American Gangster: Social Portrayals of Gangs
HIST 24000The Jacksonian Era, 1815-18483
or HIST 24500 The American Civil War
or HIST 24600 After the American Civil War: Race, Reconstruction, & Reconciliation
POLT 30300Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3
or POLT 31000 Supreme Court in U.S. Politics
or POLT 33400 Politics of Rights and Culture
LGST 30600Criminal Law3
or LGST 31000 Issues in Digital Law: Privacy, Identity, Security in the Digital Age
Total Credits15

Crime, Social Control and Law

CSCR 21100American Gangster: Social Portrayals of Gangs3
HIST 26700The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 16923
or PSYC 26000 Psych of Privilege & Oppresn
or SOCI 21700 Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts
CSCR 35200Punishment, Prisons, and Democracy3
or POLT 33400 Politics of Rights and Culture
LGST 30600Criminal Law3
or LGST 31000 Issues in Digital Law: Privacy, Identity, Security in the Digital Age
SOCI 30200Sociology of Crime3
or SOCI 32200 Forms of Punishment
Total Credits15

Philosophy of Law

PHIL 21200Introduction to Ethics3
or PHIL 23000 Bioethics
or PHIL 25200 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 22000Political Philosophy3
or PHIL 26000 Difference and Community
or POLT 14200 Ideas and Ideologies
PHIL 34000Global Ethics3
or PHIL 35200 Moral Philosophy
POLT 30300Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3
or POLT 31000 Supreme Court in U.S. Politics
or POLT 33400 Politics of Rights and Culture
SOCI 32500Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality3
or CSCR 35100 Race and Sexual Politics
Total Credits15

Communication, Law and Culture

CMST 11000Public Communication3
or CMST 11500 Business & Professional Comm
or CMST 12000 Comm, Culture, & Rhetoric
CMST 21500Argumentation & Debate3
CMST 32000Communication, Conflict, and Negotiation3
or CMST 32100 Oral Advocacy in Arbitration and the Courts
POLT 30300Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3
or POLT 31000 Supreme Court in U.S. Politics
POLT 33400Politics of Rights and Culture3
or CMST 36000 Race and Public Policy
Total Credits15