Legal Studies Requirements

Note: The most current legal studies program requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Legal Studies Major

The legal studies major is a 12 course (36 credit hour) major* consisting of 8 required courses and 4 electives.

Required Courses

  • ECON 250 - Law and Economics
  • ENGL 271 - Introduction to Legal Writing
  • POSC 210 - P3 Law, Politics, and Society
  • POSC 212 - Legal Research and Analysis
  • POSC 252 - Theories of Law -OR-
    PHIL 260C - P3 The Philosophy of Law
  • POSC 332 - Con Law I: Government Powers -OR-
    POSC 333 - Con Law II: Civil Liberties - Civil Rights -OR-
    POSC 398 - Special Topics in Legal Studies
  • POSC 355 - Issues in Lawyering
  • POSC 495 - Legal Studies Internship


The legal studies major requires four electives chosen from a variety of courses offered in departments such as anthropology, economics, political science, religious studies, sociology, and sport management. For a listing of elective courses, refer to the legal studies section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

*You must also declare a second major.

Legal Studies Minor

Because Legal Studies is a “second major only” option, no minor in Legal Studies is available.

If you feel you are not able to complete a second major and the LEST major but nevertheless are interested in law, please consult with your principal academic advisor and the program director of Legal Studies.

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