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.
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 1101||Introduction to Law & Ethics 1||3|
|PARA 2203||Civil Litigation||3|
|PARA 2205||Legal Research and Writing||3|
|PARA 2209||Business Organization||3|
|PARA 2211||Computers in the Law||3|
|PARA 2235||Law Office Skills||3|
|Lower Division Electives||12|
|Choose four courses from the following:|
|Real Estate Law|
|Wills, Trusts and Probate Law|
|Health Care Law|
|Intellectual Property Law|
|Upper Division Required Courses||21|
|PARA/LGST 4020||Advanced Civil Litigation||3|
|PARA/LGST 4030||Adv. Legal Research & Writing||3|
|PARA/LGST 4850||Legal Studies Capstone||3|
|LGST 4098||Legal Studies Practicum||3|
|POLS 4425||Constitutional Law I: Institut||3|
|or POLS 4426||Constitutional Law II: Civil L|
|Choose two courses from the following: 2||6|
|Legal Issues in HSEM|
|Legal Issues-Admin./Tech. Man.|
|Law and Society|
|Upper Division Major Related Electives 2||27|
|Choose 9 courses (27 credit hours) from upper division (3000-4000 level) courses. 3|
|Total Credit Hours||120|
Students who do not achieve a grade of C or higher in PARA 1101 Introduction to Law & Ethics must re-take PARA 1101 Introduction to Law & Ethics and achieve a grade of C or higher before taking any other PARA classes.
Any courses beyond 2 taken from the below list may be used as Upper Division Major Related Electives
Choose courses with the following prefixes: AFAM, COMM, CRJU, ECON, ENGL, FREN, HIST, HSEM, LGST, MGMT 3101 Mgmt. Prin. & Org. Behavior or TECH 3101 Supervision for the Workplace (not both), other MGMT, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOSC, SPAN, STAB, TECH 3101 Supervision for the Workplace or MGMT 3101 Mgmt. Prin. & Org. Behavior (not both), other TECH, WST. Courses cannot be double-counted, so if a course is cross-coded, or if a course is used by a student to satisfy another area of the curriculum, the same course cannot be used as an elective.
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.