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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Legal Studies - Major


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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.

Core Curriculum Requirements


All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

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.

Public Policy, Politics and Government Track


Take any 3 courses from the following list:

Business Management and Administration Track


Take any 2 courses from the following list:

Criminal Justice Track


Take any 3 courses from the following list:

Law Track


Take any 3 courses from the following list:

Legal Studies Sample Program


FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGW 101 Exposition   3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 Foreign Language with Lab (same language) 4
First Year Seminar (FYS) PEQ (1) 3 PEQ (4) 3
PHL.Q 101 Philosophical Inquiry  PEQ (2) 3 PEQ (5) 3
PEQ (3)  3 PEQ (6) 3
Foreign Language with Lab (same language) 4    
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 17 TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
PEQ (7) Science with Lab 3 PEQ (8)  3
Integrative Studies (IS) - 1 3 Integrative Studies (IS) - 2 3
ENGW 250 Written and Visual Rhetoric   3 LGS 255 Legal Writing & Research   3
LGS 251 Introduction to Law      4 Ethics (PHL 312 PII Ethics  or RES 390 PII Ethics of the Professions  ) 3
  3 LGS Major Elective Track Course 1 of 3 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 16 TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15
 
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Integrative Studies (IS) - 3 3 CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Health & Wellness 0 LGS 483 Law Internship I /Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway 3
LGS 352 U.S. Constitutional History I: Government and the Economy  or
LGS 353 U.S. Constitutional History II: Rights and Liberties  
3 Elective 3
LGS Major Elective Track Course 2 of 3 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15 TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15
 
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
LGS Major Elective Track Course 3 of 3 3 LGS 440 Junior-Senior Seminar in Legal Studies    3
Elective 3 LGS 499 Legal Studies Comprehensive   0
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
    Elective 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15 TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15

 

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