Legal Studies, BS

The purpose of the Legal Studies program is to prepare graduates for careers in the legal field and fields impacted by law and legal regulation. This program emphasizes substantive legal knowledge, excellent reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, technology and other practical skills, an understanding of government systems, and an appreciation of the myriad of ethics rules that govern the legal profession. Graduates will also acquire the specific law office skills necessary to perform delegated substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals and other non-lawyers are prohibited from practicing law.

Program Requirements

No more than two grades of D in upper division courses are allowed in the Legal Studies major. Upper division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division, including all courses in this major labeled as lower division electives, are included in this restriction.

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the B.S. Legal Studies degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
PARA 1101Introduction to Law & Ethics 13
PARA 2203Civil Litigation3
PARA 2205Legal Research and Writing3
PARA 2209Business Organization3
PARA 2211Computers in the Law3
PARA 2235Law Office Skills3
Lower Division Electives12
Choose four courses from the following:
Criminal Litigation
Real Estate Law
Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor Rel
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law
Family Law
Health Care Law
Intellectual Property Law
Administrative Law
Employment Law
Upper Division Required Courses21
PARA/LGST 4020Advanced Civil Litigation3
PARA/LGST 4030Adv. Legal Research & Writing3
PARA/LGST 4850Legal Studies Capstone3
LGST 4098Legal Studies Practicum3
POLS 4425Constitutional Law I: Institut3
or POLS 4426 Constitutional Law II: Civil L
Choose two courses from the following: 26
Advanced Grammar
Argumentative Writing
Legal Issues in HSEM
Legal Issues-Admin./Tech. Man.
Law and Society
Upper Division Major Related Electives 227
Choose 9 courses (27 credit hours) from upper division (3000-4000 level) courses. 3
Total Credit Hours120

Residency Requirements for the Legal Studies, BS

Students must take at least 10 classes (30 credit hours) at Clayton State in order to fulfill the residency requirements for the AAS in Paralegal Studies. At least 7 of the 10 classes (21 credit hours) must be upper division.

Please also see Paralegal - AAS and Paralegal Certificate