Legal Studies Degrees

Job outlook

Organizations you could work for:

  • Traditional law firms
  • All levels of local, state, and federal government
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Title companies
  • Mortgage companies
  • Law libraries
  • Courts
  • Legal service/aid offices
  • Legal clinics
  • Law departments of special interest groups or associations readily employ non-attorney legal professionals (typically working under the supervision of attorneys)

Jobs you could fill:

  • Law clerk
  • Paralegal
  • Legal assistant
  • Litigation specialist
  • Court clerk

Programs

Certificate of Proficiency in Legal Studies24 Credits

Discipline Core Requirements24 Credits

  • LEGL 1000Introduction to American Law3.0
  • LEGL 1120Court and Litigation Procedures3.0
  • LEGL 1220Legal Research and Writing I3.0
  • LEGL 2110Civil Procedure3.0
  • LEGL 2300Legal Research and Writing II3.0
  • LEGL 2330Technology in Law Practice3.0
  • LEGL 3000Business Law3.0
  • LEGL 3190Legal Environment3.0

AAS in Legal Studies63 Credits

General Education Requirements21 Credits

  • ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3.0
  • ENGL 2010Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences3.0
  • MAT 1010 Intermediate Algebra4.0
  • PHIL 2050Ethics and Values3.0
  • Complete one approved Social/Behavioral Science GE course3.0
  • Complete one approved Biology/Physical Science GE course3.0
  • Complete one of the following2.0
  • HLTH 1100Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)
  • or PES 1097Fitness for Life (2.0)

Discipline Core Requirements39 Credits

  • LEGL 1000Introduction to American Law3.0
  • LEGL 1120Court and Litigation Procedures4.0
  • LEGL 1220Legal Research and Writing I3.0
  • LEGL 1330Criminal Law and Procedure3.0
  • LEGL 2110Civil Procedure3.0
  • LEGL 2300Legal Research and Writing II3.0
  • LEGL 2330Technology in Law Practice3.0
  • LEGL 2350Evidence3.0
  • LEGL 3000Business Law3.0
  • LEGL 3190Legal Environment3.0
  • LEGL 3320Family Law3.0
  • LEGL 481RInternship (1.0)3.0
  • LEGL 2830Legal Studies Capstone3.0
  • or LEGL 4830Legal Studies Capstone (3.0)

Elective Requirements3 Credits

  • Any LEGL course not already taken; must be completed with a grade of "C+" or better3.0

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 through course attendance 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.

AA Pre-Major in Legal Studies60 Credits

General Education Requirements35 Credits

  • ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3.0
  • ENGL 2010Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences3.0
  • Complete one of the following:3.0
  • MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)
  • MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (3.0)
  • MATH 1050College Algebra (4.0)
  • Complete one of the following:3.0
  • HIST 2700US History to 1877 (3.0)
  • and HIST 2710US History since 1877 (3.0)
  • HIST 1700American Civilization (3.0)
  • HIST 1740US Economic History (3.0)
  • POLS 1000American Heritage (3.0)
  • POLS 1100American National Government (3.0)
  • Complete one of the following:3.0
  • PHIL 2050Ethics and Values3.0
  • HLTH 1100Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)
  • or PES 1097Fitness for Life (2.0)
  • Distribution Courses
  •  Biology3.0
  •  Physical Science3.0
  •  Additional Biology or Physical Science3.0
  •  Humanities Distribution3.0
  •  Fine Arts Distribution3.0
  •  Social/Behavioral Science3.0

Discipline Core Requirements25 Credits

  • LEGL 1000Introduction to American Law3.0
  • LEGL 1120Court and Litigation Procedures4.0
  • LEGL 1220Legal Research and Writing I3.0
  • LEGL 1330Criminal Law and Procedure3.0
  • LEGL 2110Civil Procedure3.0
  • LEGL 2300Legal Research and Writing II3.0
  • LEGL 2330Technology in Law Practice3.0
  • LEGL 3190Legal Environment3.0
  • LEGL 481RInternship (1.0)3.0

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 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 through course attendance 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.

BS in Legal Studies120 Credits

Matriculation Requirements

    • Completion of LEGL 1000, LEGL 1110, LEGL 1220, and LEGL 2300 with C+ or higher
NOTE: Students will be limited to 9 hours of upper-division credit until MATRICULATION is completed

General Education Requirements35 Credits

  • ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3.0
  • ENGL 2010Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences3.0
  • or ENGL 2020Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology
  • Complete one of the following:3.0
  • MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)
  • MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (3.0)
  • MATH 1050College Algebra (4.0)
  • Complete one of the following:3.0
  • HIST 2700US History to 1877 (3.0)
  • and HIST 2710US History since 1877 (3.0)
  • HIST 1700American Civilization (3.0)
  • HIST 1740US Economic History (3.0)
  • POLS 1000American Heritage (3.0)
  • POLS 1100American National Government (3.0)
  • Complete of the following:3.0
  • PHIL 2050Ethics and Values3.0
  • HLTH 1100Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)
  • or PES 1097Fitness for Life (2.0)
  • Distribution Courses
  •  Biology3.0
  •  Physical Science3.0
  •  Additional Biology or Physical Science3.0
  •  Humanities Distribution3.0
  •  Fine Arts Distribution3.0
  •  Social/Behavioral Science3.0

Discipline Core Requirements69 Credits

  • LEGL 1000Introduction to American Law3.0
  • LEGL 1120Court and Litigation Procedures4.0
  • LEGL 1220Legal Research and Writing I3.0
  • LEGL 1330Criminal Law and Procedure3.0
  • LEGL 2110Civil Procedure3.0
  • LEGL 2300Legal Research and Writing II3.0
  • LEGL 2330Technology in Law Practice3.0
  • LEGL 2350Evidence3.0
  • LEGL 3000Business Law3.0
  • LEGL 3190Legal Environment3.0
  • LEGL 3320Family Law3.0
  • LEGL 4130Bankruptcy and Collections3.0
  • LEGL 4150Wills Trusts and Probate3.0
  • LEGL 4160Contract Law3.0
  • LEGL 418GInternational Law3.0
  • LEGL 481RInternship (1.0)3.0
  • LEGL 4830Legal Studies Capstone3.0
  • Area of Specialization3.0
  •  Any LEGL course (Pre-approved by Advisor; 6 credit hours must be upper-division courses; must be completed with a grade of “C+” or better)

Elective Requirements16 Credits

  • ELECTIVES (Pre-approved by Advisor; 9 credits must be upper division courses)16.0

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.

Minor in Legal Studies24 Credits

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

Matriculation Requirements

  • Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU

Discipline Core Requirements15 Credits

  • LEGL 1000Introduction to American Law3.0
  • LEGL 1120Court and Litigation Procedures3.0
  • LEGL 1220Legal Research and Writing I3.0
  • LEGL 3000Business Law3.0
  • LEGL 3190Legal Environment3.0

Elective Requirements9 Credits

  • Choose 9 credits from the following9.0
  • LEGL 2300Legal Research and Writing II (3.0)
  • LEGL 3020Intellectual Property and Cyber Law (3.0)
  • LEGL 3150Survey of Dispute Resolution (3.0)
  • LEGL 3320Family Law (3.0)
  • LEGL 3530Employment and Labor Law (3.0)
  • LEGL 3650Tort Law (3.0)
  • LEGL 4130Bankruptcy and Collections (3.0)
  • LEGL 4150Wills Trusts and Probate (3.0)
  • LEGL 4160Contract Law (3.0)
  • LEGL 418GInternational Law (3.0)
  • LEGL 4190Constitutional Law (3.0)
  • LEGL 430GInternational Business Law (3.0)

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Overall grade point average of 2.5 in all School of Business (LEGL) courses and no grade lower than a C+ in LEGL specialty core and elective courses.

Create Your Personal Graduation Plan Today

  • Avoid accumulating credits you don't need for graduation.
  • Make sure the University schedules the classes you need when you need them.

You could graduate in 3 years!

  1. Enroll in 15 credits each semester. See "15 to Finish" for more information on the financial and academic benefits of completing 15 credits a semester.
  2. Enroll in summer semester to expedite graduation.

Generic graduation plan based on a full-time student who does not need developmental courses and does not have transfer credit

See your advisor to develop your individualized plan in Wolverine Track:

Department Chair

Legal Studies Advisory Committee

Name Title & Organization
Lesleigh Ashby Public Sector Paralegal, Utah State Courts, Fourth District Juvenile Court
Steve Averett Judge Pro Tempore and J. Reuben Clark Law School Librarian
Aaron Bartholomew Judge Pro 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