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

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

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.

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.

Requirements

  • Nine semester hours of required courses
  • 12 semester hours of elective courses
LS 101The Legal Environment and Ethics
CJ/PLS 430Constitutional Safeguards and Individual Liberties
CJ 304Law and Evidence

 

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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