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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Legal Studies - Major


Law is the cornerstone of our political, social, and economic systems and a grounding in law is essential to a broad variety of professional areas. All organizations – from multi-national corporations and federal agencies to small businesses and local non-profits – operate in a complex and dynamic legal environment. Effective navigation of the changing legal terrain is crucial to organizational success. Understanding the legal environment is a clear advantage to college graduates seeking jobs and careers in a variety of industries and professional fields. The Legal Studies major is designed for students whose graduate study and career prospects will be enhanced by the knowledge of law, as well as the skills of logical analysis, effective communication, and ethical reasoning.

Nazareth College’s major in Legal Studies introduces the students to our judicial system, fundamental concepts of law, and major areas of legal practice. It also develops those skills of analysis and communication that are essential in all areas of professional work. Students are encouraged to connect their learning with their career goals by choosing elective courses from one of five tracks designed to complement diverse graduate study plans and professional aspirations.

Legal Studies major is a 33-credit program consisting of seven required courses, required internship, and three elective courses taken from one of five tracks designed to complement diverse career plans.

Required Courses

All Legal Studies majors are required to take the following:

Elective Courses

Legal Studies majors choose one of the following five elective tracks and complete 9 credits as specified.

Law Track

Take any 3 courses from the following list:

Legal Studies Sample Program

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives Enduring Question (PEQ) Credits: 3
  • Perspectives Enduring Question (PEQ) Math and Science with Lab Credits: 7
  • Foreign Language101 with Lab Credits: 4
  • Foreign Language 102 Credits: 3
  • Health and Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives Enduring Question (PEQ) Credits: 9
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 6
  • Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Electives Credits: 18
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • Legal Studies Elective (from one track) Credits: 6
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME) Credits: 0

As well as:

Senior Year

  • Electives Credits: 24
  • Legal Studies Elective (from same track) Credits: 3

As well as: