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Legal Studies, A.A.S.

Requirements

Programs in Legal Studies at UVU offer an applied and technical perspective in U.S. law and legal practice. The department provides dynamic and timely offerings in many topics in law and clinical law practice, focusing on career-ready skills. The AAS, AS, and BS degrees, as well as the Certificate of Proficiency, in Legal Studies are approved by the American Bar Association.

Total Program Credits: 63

General Education Requirements: 21 Credits
Complete the following:  
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
  MAT 1010 Intermediate Algebra 4
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  Complete one approved Social/Behavioral Science GE course. 3
  Complete one approved Biology/Physical Science GE course. 3
Complete one of the following: 2
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Discipline Core Requirements: 39 Credits
  LEGL 1000 Introduction to American Law 3
  LEGL 1120 Court and Litigation Procedures 3
  LEGL 1220 Legal Research and Writing I 3
  LEGL 1330 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
  LEGL 2110 Civil Procedure 3
  LEGL 2300 Legal Research and Writing II 3
  LEGL 2330 Technology in Law Practice 3
  LEGL 2350 Evidence 3
  LEGL 3000 Business Law 3
  LEGL 3190 Legal Environment 3
  LEGL 3320 Family Law 3
  LEGL 481R Internship 3
  LEGL 2830 Legal Studies Capstone 3
or LEGL 4830 Legal Studies Capstone (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 3 Credits
  Any LEGL course not already taken; must be completed with a grade of "C+" or better) 3

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 63 or more semester credits
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. Must have a grade of C+ or higher in all Core requirements.
  3. Residency hours: Minimum of 20 credit hours though course attendance at UVU. At least 12 of these credits must be in LEGL courses.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements. Students are responsible for completing all prerequisite courses.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing  3
MAT 1010 Intermediate Algebra 4
LEGL 1000 Introduction to American Law 3
Social Science Social/Behavioral Science Distribution 3
GE Elective/IM 2010* Business Computer Proficiency  *
  Semester total: 15
Notes: IM 1010 to be tested out of. IM 1010/2010 required, but not counted in total of 63 credits for the degree program.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
LEGL 1120 Court and Litigation Procedures 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
LEGL 1220 Legal Research I 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
BIOLOGY/PHYSICAL SCI Biology/Physical Science Distribution option 3
LEGL 3000 Business Law 3
  Semester total: 18
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
LEGL 2110 Civil Procedure  3
LEGL 2300 Legal Research II 3
LEGL 1330  Criminal Law and Procedure 3
LEGL Elective Any Legal course not part of the degree sheet 3
LEGL 3190 Legal Environment 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
LEGL 3320 Family Law 3
LEGL 2330 Technology in Law Practice 3
LEGL 2830/4830  Legal Studies Capstone 3
LEGL 481R Legal Studies Internship 3
LEGL 2350 Evidence 3
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 63

Department

Name:

Legal Studies

Location:

WB 244

Telephone:

801-863-6769

Email:

CMausser@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/woodbury/legal-studies/

Chair:

Norman Wright

 
 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Legal Studies programs at UVU is to provide timely and career-ready education and skills training to aspiring legal professionals.

Every Legal Studies graduate will:

  • Be competent in legal research, document production, and law practice processes.
  • Be productive in the use of advanced technology to be more accurate, efficient and cost effective in the law office, and be able to use industry-specific software and internet applications.
  • Have actual work experience and a portfolio of work product as part of their academic training.
  • Demonstrate high ethical standards and conduct.
 
 

Legal Studies

Advisor: Scott Childs


Legal Studies Advisory Committee:

Lesleigh Ashby, Public Sector Paralegal, Utah State Courts, Fourth District Juvenile Court
Steve Averett, Judge P r o Tempore and J. Reuben Clark Law School Librarian
Aaron Bartholomew, Judge P r o Tempore, Practicing Attorney, Associate Professor, Chair, Legal Studies Department
Diane Samudio, Manager of Paralegals
Danielle Allison, Alumni Representative, Private Sector Paralegal, Freelance Paralegal
Kim Bruce, Private Sector Paralegal, Workman Nydegger
Lauree Roberts, Alumni Representative, Public Sector Paralegal, Office of the Murray City Attorney
Carolyn Hofheins-Howard, Master Mediator
Kiersty Loughmiller, Law Clerk/Bailiff - Utah State Courts
Daniel Price, Graduate Representative
Tom Seiler, Practicing Lawyer, Robinson, Seiler & Assoc., Commissioner of Utah Bar Association
Neil Skousen, Practicing Lawyer, Private Practice
Judge James Taylor, District Court Judge, Fourth District Court
Mayor Hunt Willoughby, Mayor, Alpine City - Community Representative

Programs

Legal Studies students may receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Legal Studies, Associate in Applied Science in Legal Studies, an Associate in Science in Legal Studies, or a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. These programs are all approved by the American Bar Association.

Career Opportunities

For those trained as legal professionals, many rewarding opportunities exist for employment as law clerks, paralegals, legal assistants, litigation specialists, court clerks and other professions. In addition to traditional law firms, business and government at all levels hire legal professionals to meet their ever expanding law- related needs. All levels of local, state and federal government, banks, insurance companies, title companies, mortgage companies, law libraries, courts, legal service/legal aid offices, legal clinics, and law departments of special interest groups or associations readily employ non-attorney legal professionals, typically working under the supervision of attorneys. 

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The Minor is not approved by the American Bar Association and is not intended to prepare students to work as Paralegals.

Admission Requirements

In addition to applying for admission to Utah Valley University, Legal Studies students must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Submit Compass Test scores to a Woodbury School of Business advisor for evaluation. Applicants who score below the required level must register for additional courses in English, reading and/or math.
  • Meet with a Woodbury School of Business advisor.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education or an internship is required for Legal Studies students. A total of eight credits may be applied toward graduation.

 
 

Faculty

Aaron Bartholomew(2007)

Assistant Professor

Department: Legal Studies
Department Chair, Department Chair



B.A., Communication, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Teresa Conaway(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Legal Studies
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, Pikeville College; M.S., Information Systems, University of Tennessee; M.Ed., Student Personnel in Higher Education, Virginia Tech; JD, Law, Penn State.

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Carolyn Howard(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Legal Studies
Faculty



B.A., English, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Jill Jasperson(1997)

Associate Professor

Department: Legal Studies
Faculty



A.A., General Education, Ricks College; B.A., Drama Education, J.D., J. Reuben Clark College of Law, Brigham Young University.

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Sharon Yamen(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Legal Studies
Faculty



B.A., Anthropology, State University of New York; J.D., Hofstra University.

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Careers

Careers:    
For those trained as legal professionals, many rewarding opportunities exist for employment as law clerks, paralegals, legal assistants, litigation specialists, court clerks, and other professions. In addition to traditional law firms, business and government at all levels hire legal professionals to meet their ever expanding law-related needs. All levels of local, state, and federal government, banks, insurance companies, title companies, mortgage companies, law libraries, courts, legal service/legal aid offices, legal clinics, and law departments of special interest groups or associations readily employ non-attorney legal professionals, typically working under the supervision of attorneys. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. 
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