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Legal Studies Minor


Primary or Secondary Minor

The program in legal studies is designed to prepare students in any major for success in law school. The American Association of Law Schools recommends that students receive a broad liberal arts education and hone their critical thinking, analytical, communications, and reading comprehension skills during their undergraduate careers. The legal studies program is designed to hone these crucial skills to help students prepare for law school in addition to providing them with a solid background in the American legal system.

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Core Legal Studies Minor Courses

BUAD 223 - Legal Environment of Business

Major areas to be covered include the nature of and origins of law; ethics and social responsibility of business entities; our judicial system; the development of our common law system; the differences between the various areas of the law; elements necessary to establish and give rise to an intentional tort and negligence; the elements necessary to establish a contract; and the differences between business entities such as a sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation. Read more »

PHIL 110 - Logical Thinking

An introduction to principles of good reasoning. Shows how to assess arguments, how to formulate cogent arguments and how to recognize and avoid logical fallacies. Read more »

PSCI 101 - American Government

This course covers the basic elements of politics and government at the national level in the United States. It examines the structures, processes, behaviors, institutions, and policies of the American system with a relative emphasis on conflicting theories of power. By the end of the semester, students should have a solid understanding of how the system operates in addition to a comprehension of some of the key issues that face the country today. Read more »

PSCI 245 - Constitutional Law

An introduction to the study of constitutional law. A study of the interpretation of the federal constitution through leading decisions of the Supreme Court. Read more »

PSCI 321 - Mock Trial

An introduction to the litigation process. The course will begin with an introduction to court procedure, rules of evidence, examination of witnesses, and case development, with the majority of the course devoted to preparing for and engaging in a mock trial. Students will take the role of attorney in the trial simulation, becoming familiar with the U.S. court system and furthering their critical thinking and public speaking skills. Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors, with preference given to students pursuing the Legal Studies minor. Read more »

WRTG 159 - Contemporary Argument and Research

Our world is full of dialogue and debate, and those who want to make their voices heard must choose their words carefully. In this class, students will explore current events and discuss their own reasoned perspectives on contemporary issues. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

The legal studies minor also requires either PHIL 320 or SOCY 376, plus one of the following courses: