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Legal Studies

Brandon James Hoover, J.D., Program Director
Humanities 17
301-784-5300
https://www.allegany.edu/legal-studies/index.html

This curriculum is designed for the student interested in learning about the legal field and various areas of law including criminal, family, contract, tort, and estate law. Graduation from this program will provide students with both career and transfer opportunities.

Students wishing to enter the workforce will graduate with the requisite knowledge and skills to obtain employment in beginner level positions in certain government offices or as an entry-level legal assistant/ paralegal. Students will also be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution to complete their Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies or other Pre-Law related programs.

In order to graduate from the Legal Studies Program, the students must meet all college academic requirements plus achieve a grade or "C" or better in each Legal Studies (LEGL) and Criminal Justice (CRIM) course.

Successful completion of this program qualifies students to apply for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Legal Studies.

Required Legal Studies Courses


Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminal Law
Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice
Introduction to American Constitutional Law (Political Science 205)
Introduction to Legal Studies
Litigation
Legal Research and Writing
Family and Estate Law
Real Property and Title Examination
Torts

Required General Courses


Business Professionalism and Ethics
Business Law
Computer Literacy
Office Applications I
Freshman English I
American National Government
Speech Communication

Required Elective Courses


Please consult with your advisor or the Advising Center staff for selecting appropriate elective courses for graduation.

 

English Elective - 3 credits

Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits

Mathematics Elective - 3 credits

 

LEGAL STUDIES
TWO-YEAR CAREER PROGRAM
PREPARATION FOR EMPLOYMENT and/or RECOMMENDED TRANSFER

 

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
English 101 (Freshman English I) 3
Computer Technology 101 (Computer Literacy) 3
Legal Studies 101 (Introduction to Legal Studies) 3
Mathematics Elective 3
Political Science 101 (American National Government) 3
Total: 15
 
SECOND SEMESTER
Computer Technology 221 (Office Applications I) 3
Criminal Justice 101 (Introduction to Criminal Justice) 3
Criminal Justice 103 (Criminal Law) 3
Legal Studies 104 (Litigation) 3
Speech 101 (Speech Communication) 3
Total: 15
 
THIRD SEMESTER
Business Administration 210 (Business Law) 3
Criminal Justice 203 (Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice) 3
English Elective 3
Legal Studies 203 (Family and Estate Law) 3
Political Science 205 / Criminal Justice 205 (Introduction to American Constitutional Law) 3
Total: 15
 
FOURTH SEMESTER
Business Administration 110 (Business Professionalism and Ethics) 2
Lab Science Elective 4
Legal Studies 202 (Legal Research and Writing) 3
Legal Studies 204 (Real Property and Title Examination) 3
Legal Studies 206 (Torts) 3
Total: 15
Total Credit Hours: 60

NOTE: All courses specifically identified by course number are graduation requirements for this program.