2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 22, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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


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College of Health and Public Affairs
Department of Legal Studies,
Health and Public Affairs, Room: 343
https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/legalstudies/
Email: legalstudies@ucf.edu

Dr. Margarita Koblasz, Program Coordinator,
Margarita.Koblasz@ucf.edu, 407-823-1670

Rupert Neish II, Program Academic Advisor

Dr. Marc Consalo, Internship Coordinator,
Marc.Consalo@ucf.edu, 407-823-2970
Phone: 407-823-1670

The Legal Studies Program provides students with a broad understanding of basic principles of law and the role and function of the legal system. While no specific major is prescribed for admission to law school, many pre-law students elect to major in legal studies. The legal studies program, in addition to preparing students for law-related careers, provides a foundation for law school or other graduate education. All of the full time Legal Studies faculty are attorneys who are graduates of ABA approved law schools and are available for law school advising. Pre-law students are encouraged to work closely with legal studies advisors in planning their programs. Satisfactory completion of program requirements leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a major in Legal Studies. Students who complete the Legal Studies degree are eligible to apply for The Florida Bar Registered Paralegal designation or to sit for the national paralegal certification exams.

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 consult with a departmental 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 work 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 (18 Credit Hours)


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

Restricted Electives (30 Credit Hours)


Upper Division Restricted Electives (21 Credit Hours)


  • 21 additional hours of Legal Studies coursework selected in consultation with an advisor.

Supporting Courses (9 Credit Hours)


  • Students pursuing the B.A. degree must complete nine semester hours of supporting courses chosen with the approval of the student’s advisor. Students pursuing the B.S. degree must complete 15 hours of supporting courses chosen with the approval of the student’s advisor.

Specializations


  • Students may earn a specialization within the general program of study. The specializations do not substitute for the general legal studies degree requirements; they are earned within the general program by selecting particular courses to satisfy the legal studies restricted electives and supporting courses requirements. Students are not required to declare a specialization. The following specializations are offered:
  • Law and Society, Litigation and Advocacy, Public Law, Sports and Entertainment Law, Criminal Law and Individual Liberties, Estates and Property Law, Comparative and International Law, Commercial and Transactional Law.
  • A student may earn a maximum of two specializations. Specific course requirements are available at the department office or from the student’s advisor.

Capstone Requirements (3 Credit Hours)


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

Electives


If students chose the following electives, they must complete them with a minimum grade of a “C” (2.0):

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • 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.

Graduation

  • Students pursuing the B.A. degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to one year at college level. Students taking American Sign Language (ASL) to satisfy B.A. foreign language requirement must complete three semesters of ASL classes ( ASL I, II and III).

Additional Requirements


  • None

Required Minors


  • None

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 30 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
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 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

Certificates

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

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

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study


Freshman Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Math Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Social Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Cultural Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)


  • GEP Communication Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Science Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Historical Credit Hours: 3
  • Foreign Language I or BS option Credit Hours: 4

Sophomore Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)


  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective / Minor Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Historical Credit Hours: 3
  • Foreign Language II or BS option Credit Hours: 4

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Supporting Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Supporting Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective / Minor Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective / Minor Credit Hours: 3
  • Internship or Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

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