2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2020  
2018-2019 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
Email: legalstudies@ucf.edu

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

Mrs. Kristal Johnson, Program Academic Advisor
k.johnson@ucf.edu, 407-823-1670 

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.

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 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 (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.


  • 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)

  • Students must complete Capstone or Internship. Capstone or Internship must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) to satisfy the major.
  • Prerequisite for Capstone and Internship is PLA 4705 Professionalism & Civility in the Law.
  • If students elect to complete an Internship they must complete a minimum 3 credit hours of Internship.

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.


  • BA: Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in either a foreign language or proficiency equivalent to American Sign Language III. Standardized examinations may be used to meet the requirement.  

  • BS: Proficiency equivalent to one semester of college instruction in a foreign language or one course with a multicultural dimension.  Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.  


  • None

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


  • Litigation and Advocacy  

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 (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: Capstone or Internship  Credit Hours: 3 

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