2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Legal Studies (B.A. or B.S.)

College of Community Innovation and Education
Department of Legal Studies
Dr. Phillips Academic Commons (DPAC) - UCF Downtown, 430


Associate Lecturer, Academic Program Coordinator & Internship Coordinator: Dr. Margarita Koblasz

Program Academic Advisor: Mrs. Kristal Johnson

The Legal Studies program provides students with a broad understanding of basic principles of the law and the role and function of the legal system. In addition to preparing students for law-related careers, the program provides a solid foundation for law school. While no specific major is required for admission to law school, a degree in Legal Studies presents students with an unparalleled opportunity for law school preparation. All Legal Studies faculty are graduates of ABA-approved law schools, and practice/have practiced law.

Legal Studies students are encouraged to work closely with their program advisor in planning degree completion and career goals. Satisfactory completion of program requirements leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Legal Studies. The B.A. requires two semesters of college-level foreign language; the B.S. requires two years of high school foreign language. 

Legal Studies (B.A. or B.S.) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.


Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students should complete the General Education Program before transferring within the Florida College System or State University System.
  • Students should regularly meet with their program advisor.
  • The courses designated in section 1 below may be taken at a Florida College System institution, and should usually be completed in the first 60 hours.
  • 33 hours of PLA coursework must be taken at UCF.
  • 2.0 in all PLA coursework at UCF and overall.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP)

  • None

Core Requirements: Basic Level

  • None

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (12 Credit Hours)

All core requirements must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) to satisfy the major.

Restricted Electives (33 Credit Hours)

Upper Division Restricted Electives (24 Credit Hours)

  • Students must select at least two (2) courses from at least four (4) of the following areas of concentration:

Additional PLA Electives in Legal Studies (9 Credit Hours)

Select three additional Legal Studies courses from the following areas: Law and Policy; Advocacy; Law and Business; Law and Technology; Family Matters; or International.

Supporting Courses (3 Credit Hours)

  • Students must complete 3 credit hours of Supporting coursework from an approved list provided by the department & can also be identified in the degree audit.

Capstone Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

  • Students must complete Capstone or Internship. Capstone or Internship must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) to satisfy the major.
  • Prerequisites for Capstone and Internship include PLA 4705 Professionalism & Civility in the Law, and Legal Studies major.
  • Students will be elected to Internship or Capstone by their PLA4705 faculty.
  • If students elect to complete an Internship they must complete a minimum 3 credit hours of Internship. *A fee may be required as part of the placement application process.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.


  • Students pursuing the B.A. degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to one year at college level. Proficiency equivalent to two semesters of college instruction in a foreign language or in American Sign Language (ASL). Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used. The foreign language credits may be used toward the 9 hour supporting course requirement. ASL proficiency is met by successful completion of ASL 2140 and ASL 2150 or an appropriate score on the ASL proficiency exam. Contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/csd/) regarding the ASL proficiency examination. 

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Students must take a minimum of 33 hours of PLA courses at UCF. The total semester hours required is 120.
  • Second Bachelor’s degree students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of Legal Studies (PLA) coursework after being admitted as a second degree-seeking student.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • Interested students should consult with their faculty advisor.

Related Programs

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses


Program Academic Learning Compacts

  • Program Academic Learning Compacts (student learning outcomes) for undergraduate programs are located at: http://www.oeas.ucf.edu/alc/academic_learning_compacts.htm

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Mathematical Foundations II Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Foundations I Credit Hours: 3
  • Cultural and Historical Foundations I Credit Hours: 3

Freshman Year - Summer (4 Credit Hours)

  • Foreign Language I or BS option Credit Hours: 4

Sophomore Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)

  • Communication Foundations III  Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Science Foundation I Credit Hours: 3
  • Cultural and Historical Foundations II​ Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • Elective / Minor Credit Hours: 3
  • Cultural and Historical Foundations III Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Summer (4 Credit Hours)

  • Foreign Language II or BS option Credit Hours: 4

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • PLA Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • PLA Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • PLA Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • PLA Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • PLA Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • PLA Elective Credit Hours: 3​
  • PLA Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Summer (3 Credit Hours)

  • Supporting Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • PLA Elective Credit Hours: 3 
  • Elective / Minor Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective / Minor Credit Hours: 3 
  • PLA Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3 
  • Experiential Learning: PLA4935 or PLA4941 - Capstone or Internship  Credit Hours: 3