The Legal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary field of study composed of law courses from:

  • The departments of criminal justice, political science, history and sociology.
  • The schools of business, education, and engineering.

Program Highlights

  • What to expect at Saint Martin's

    Saint Martin's offers a minor in legal studies as a complement to such degree programs as criminal justice, political science and psychology. As part of the minor, students interested in law school will benefit from counseling and guidance from a pre-law advisor.

    The rigor of the Legal Studies Program at Saint Martin’s provides students with an experience comparable to the first year of law school. Participants investigate:

    • The interrelationship of law and society
    • The protection of civil liberties
    • The constitutional rules that govern criminal law
    • The regulations and legal principles that operate in the business context
    • Modern laws that protect the environment
  • Research and internships

    Legal studies participants may:

    • Intern in public or private law offices
    • Pursue independent study on legal topics of interest
    • Elect to write a senior capstone on legal issues through a related major in criminal justice, sociology, social work, psychology, history, or political science.
  • Career paths

    Graduates who hold a minor in legal studies are equipped with the supplemental skills for work in a variety of environments including:

    Legal clinics

    • Law firms
    • Non-profit and public interest organizations
    • State agencies

    In addition, a minor in legal studies prepares graduates who wish to pursue law school.

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.


  • Nine semester hours of required courses
  • 12 semester hours of elective courses
  • Elective courses (12 semester hours)

    Must select 12 semester hours from the following:

    HIS/PLS 378American Constitutional Development
    BUS 225Business Law I
    BUS 226Business Law II
    CJ/PLS 420Philosophy of Law
    CJ/PLS 379Judicial Process
    CJ/SOC 410Law and Society
    CJ 460Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure
    ED 371Educational Law
    SED 467Legal Issues and IFSP/IEP
    GE 359Ethics, Law, & Economics in Engineering Practice
    LS 395Special Topics in Legal Studies
    LS 397Directed Readings in Legal Studies


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