Legal Studies Program Requirements

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

B.A. Legal Studies

For students majoring in legal studies, all courses which may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

Required Courses - 24 credits

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

Electives - 12 credits

Choose FOUR electives from the list below. At least one of which must at the 300 level or above.

  • ANTH 226 - P2 Anthropology of Law
  • COMM 346 - Media Law
  • ENGL 306 - Law & Literature
  • PHIL 260C - P3 The Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 340 - Philosophy and Jurisprudence
  • POSC 217 - The American Jury
  • POSC 252 - Theories of Law
  • POSC 253 - Legal Realism: Old & New
  • POSC 254 - Criminal Courts and Trials
  • POSC 267 - P3 Foundations of U.S. Law
  • POSC 292 - P2 American Political Thought
  • POSC 326 - Judicial Behavior
  • POSC 328 - New York State Civil Procedures
  • POSC 332 - Constitutional Law I: Government Powers
  • POSC 333 - Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties – Civil Rights
  • POSC 398 - Special Topics in Legal Studies
  • PSYC 164 - P3 The Legal Mind
  • SPST 240 - Sport Law
  • STAT 160 - P4 Introduction to Data Science

Total: 36 credits

Note: Course substitutions for the legal studies major can be made only after consultation with and approval of the department chair of political science and legal studies.

Minor in Legal Studies

No more than one course taken to meet a major requirement may also be applied to the legal studies minor. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

  • ENGL 271 - Introduction to Legal Writing
  • POSC 210 - P3 Law, Politics, and Society
  • POSC 212 - Legal Research and Analysis
  • Choose ONE:
    • POSC 252 - Theories of Law
    • PHIL 260 - P3 The Philosophy of Law
  • Choose ONE:
    • POSC 332 - Constitutional Law I: Government Powers
    • POSC 333 - Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties – Civil Rights
    • POSC 398 - Special Topics in Legal Studies
  • POSC 355 - Issues in Lawyering

Total: 18 credits


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.