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Legal Studies Curriculum

Your degree from Maryville University is a four year Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. It is approved by the American Bar Association. Furthermore, we are a member of the American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE).

In addition to the required general education courses, the following are required courses for the major:

LEGL 101- INTRODUCTION TO LAW
LEGL 105- LEGAL ETHICS, INTERVIEWING AND INVESTIGATION
LEGL 301- LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING I*
LEGL 302- LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING II
LEGL 303- CIVIL LITIGATION
LEGL 320- TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW
LEGL 498- SENIOR SEMINAR
LEGL 499- PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP

* Additional coursework maybe necessary as determined by your adviser. This is usually based upon a student’s grades in underlying required English Composition courses.

Legal Studies Majors must also complete a minimum of 12 elective credit hours from the following courses:

LEGL 304 – LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT
LEGL 310 – DOMESTIC LAW
LEGL 311 – CRIMINAL LAW
LEGL 313 – TORTS AND REMEDIES
LEGL 314 – ESTATE PLANNING
LEGL 316 – BANKRUPTCY
LEGL 317 – REAL ESTATE
LEGL 319 – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
LEGL 350 – EMPLOYMENT LAW
LEGL 403 – ADVANCED CIVIL LITIGATION
LEGL 450 – LAW IN ST LOUIS
LEGL 460 – ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY
LEGL 497 – SPECIAL STUDIES

In order to complete your degree within four years, the following is the suggested sequencing of the Legal Studies coursework:

First Year:

LEGL 101 – Introduction to Law

Second Year:

LEGL 303 – Civil Litigation
LEGL 105 – Legal Ethics and Interviewing

Third Year:

LEGL 301 and 302 – Legal Research and Writing I and II

Before the fourth year students must plan to complete all required and elective coursework. Senior year the students should take Senior Seminar and Paralegal Internship.

128 Credit Hours are required for graduation with the last 30 completed at Maryville University. 18 credit hours of legal specialty classes must also be completed at Maryville University. All requirements for a student’s minor must be fulfilled prior to graduation.


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