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Minor/Certificate in Legal Studies

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Minor Overview

This ABA-approved minor/certificate in legal studies provides you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be successful in the paralegal profession. You will learn the theory behind laws, and how they are made. You’ll analyze legal problems, conduct research and write a properly formatted legal memo and other correspondence. You will hone your written and oral communication skills and be able to present a coherent, well-supported legal argument.

The minor is planned and taught by lawyers to provide students with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the legal system. A combination of class work and real-world experience prepares legal studies certificate students for a broad range of professional opportunities.

Curriculum and Requirements

Legal Studies Minor/Certificate Curriculum 

Total of 21 credits:

Required Courses (Students must earn a grade of C or better in all 200 level or above required courses in the Legal Studies minor/certificate to move to the next required course)15
LE 101Introduction to the American Legal System3
LE 211Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing I3
LE 212Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing II3
LE 305Civil Procedures3
LE 485Legal Internship Seminar 13
Legal Studies Electives (choose two from electives approved as Legal Practice)6
LE 309Advanced Legal Writing and Advocacy3
LE 311Administrative Agencies3
LE 315Wills, Probate and Estate Administration3
LE 320Land Transfer and Closing Procedures3
LE 328Employment Law3
LE 330Law of Business Entities3
LE 345Intellectual Property3
LE 360Mediation3
LE 370Negotiation3

 Course available beginning Fall 2019

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