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Legal Studies, B.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: 120

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Completion of PRLG 1000, PRLG 2000, PRLG 2100, PRLG 2200, and PRLG 2300 with C+ or higher. 
 
General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 55 Credits
All PRLG core discipline core courses must be completed with minimum C+ grade or higher 
  PRLG 1000 Introduction to American Law 3
  PRLG 2000 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
  PRLG 2100 Civil Litigation I   3
  PRLG 2200 Legal Research and Writing I 3
  PRLG 2300 Technology in Law Practice 3
  PRLG 3100 Civil Litigation II 3
  PRLG 4200 Legal Research and Writing II  3
  PRLG 3300 Criminal Law and Procedure  3
  PRLG 4400 Family Law  3
  LEGL 3000 Business Law  3
  PRLG 481R Internship  3
Required Business and Related Courses
  ACC 1750 Applied Accounting 4
  MGMT 2110 Interpersonal Communication 3
  MKTG 2200 Written Business Communication 3
  MKTG 2390 Professional Business Presentations 3
  MGMT 3000 Organizational Behavior 3
  MKTG 3890 Career Preparation 3
  SOC 320G Race and Minority Relations 3
Elective Requirements: 30 Credits
Choose Three (3) from the following: 9
  CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence (3.0)  
  CJ 4160 Constitutional Criminal Rights (3.0)  
  HIST 3870 Constitutional History to Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  HIST 3880 Constitutional History since Plessy 1896 (3.0)    
  LEGL 3150 Survey of Dispute Resolution (3.0)  
  PHIL 3710 Philosophy of Law (3.0)  
  PJST 3000 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies (3.0)  
  PRLG 458R Advanced Special Topics (3.0)  
  POLS 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism (3.0)    
Other Electives (7 credits must be upper division) in consultation with Advisors or Faculty. May include active LEGL courses, an emphasis in mediation and negotiation, a minor from another department, etc.   21

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 or more semester credits with 40 semester credits from 3000 and 4000 level courses.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. Must have a grade of (C+) or higher in all core and legal elective requirements.
  3. Residency hours-- minimum of 30 credit hours of School of Business courses through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements. Students are responsible for completing all prerequisite courses.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

NOTE: Students will be limited to 9 hours of upper-division credit until MATRICULATION is completed.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MAT 1030/MATH 1040/1050/1090 Math Distribution 3
History American Institutions 3
Social Science Social/Behavioral Science  3
PRLG 1000 Introduction to American Law 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
Fine Art Fine Arts Distribution 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
HLTH 1100/PE 1097 Personal health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
PRLG 2000 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
PRLG 2200
Legal Research and Writing I 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PRLG 2100 Civil Litigation I 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Biology Biology Distribution 3
Humanities Humanities Distribution 3
PRLG 2300 Technology in Law Practice 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
PRLG 3100 Civil Litigation II 3
LEGL 3000 Business Law 3
Physical Science Physical Science Distribution 3
PRLG 3300 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
ACC 1750 Applied Accounting 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PRLG 4200 Legal Research and Writing II 3
PRLG 4400 Family Law 3
Third Science Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
MGMT 2110 Interpersonal Communications 3
MKTG 2200 Written Business Communication 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
MKTG 2390 Professional Business Presentations 3
MGMT 3000 Organizational Behavior 3
Legal Elective (UD) Upper Division Legal Elective 3
MKTG 3890 Career Preparation 3
Upper Division Elective One of three from the "Elective Requirements" Group 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
SOC 320G Race and Minority Relations 3
Upper Division Elective One of three from the "Elective Requirements" Group 3
Upper Division Elective Any Legal Course not part of the degree outline 3
Upper Division Elective Any Legal Course not part of the degree outline 3
Upper Division Elective One of three from the "Elective Requirements" Group 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
PRLG 481R Legal Studies Internship 3
Legal Elective Any Legal Course not part of the degree outline 3
Legal Elective Any Legal Course not part of the degree outline 3
Legal Elective Any Legal Course not part of the degree outline 3
Legal Elective Any Legal Course not part of the degree outline 3
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 120

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 para-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
Diane Samudio, Manager of Paralegals
Danielle Allison, Alumni Representative, Private Sector Paralegal, Freelance Paralegal
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 Richard F. Brunst, Jr., Orem City Community Representative
Alex Peterspm. Attorney at Law
R. Brett Evanson, Attorney at Law
Gregory J.Sanders, Attorney at Law
Christina Cope, Paralegal Division, Utah State Bar
Terry Conaway, Associate Professor, Director UVI Paralegal Program

 

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
Faculty



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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Scott Smith(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Legal Studies
Faculty



B.S., Business Management, M.B.A., Business, J.D., 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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