Legal Administration

Baccalaureate Degree

The Legal Administration major, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree, is designed to assist individuals in acquiring the skills necessary to manage the complex mixture of personnel, technology and business that is the modern law office.

A Legal Administration major must complete a 36 credit hour core. Students may select 12 credit hours of electives from such areas as management, accounting, computer and information systems, criminal justice or psychology. Students may also select a three or six credit hour internship in a private or corporate law firm, government or judicial office, or public service organization or placement in one of our practicum sites. The internship program director will assist students with placement.

Independent study or directed research is also available for up to six credit hours. All topics must be approved by the program director at the time of registration.

Learning Objectives and Goals

Graduates of the program will:

1. Understand the fundamental importance of the role of law in the political system (comprehension).

2. Identify the major ideas and theories of the legal system as it pertains to the structures and institutions in the United States and other countries (empirical).

3. Develop skills necessary to communicate and evaluate legal arguments (applied).

4. Demonstrate an ability to apply their legal knowledge in an applied environment (applied).

5. Demonstrate an ability to do legal research employing standard legal research tools including Westlaw and Lexis Nexis (empirical).

6. Develop the ability to gather and analyze case law and make connections between theory and practice, between global and local events, and between legal studies and other disciplines (analytical/integrative). 

Degree Requirements

Legal Administration/Legal Assistant Baccalaureate Degree (45 credits)

Required Courses

LEGA 1100* Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology
3 credits
LEGA 1300 Litigation Skills I 3 credits
LEGA 2300 Family Law 3 credits
LEGA 2400 Real Estate Law 3 credits
LEGA 2520 Probate I (Estates and Trusts) 3 credits
LEGA 2650 Corporations and Business Organizations 3 credits
LEGA 2800* Legal Research and Analysis I 3 credits
LEGA 2810 Legal Research and Analysis II 3 credits
LAD 3120 Law Practice Management 3 credits
Electives from Area I 3 credits
Electives from Area II 15 credits

A grade of "C" must be maintained in all courses required for the major. A GPA of 2.0 must also be maintained. Students must also complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.

Area I Electives (At Least 3 credits)

Students Must Select at Least ONE of the Following Courses:

LAD 4300 Leadership Skills 3 credits
LAD 4500* Marketing the Law Firm OR 3 credits
BUS 3120* Principles of Marketing 3 credits
LAD 4900 Clinical Experience in Law Firm OR 3 credits
LAD 4940 Legal Administration Internship 3-6 credits

Both LAD 4500 or BUS 3120 satisfy the marketing elective. Students may not take both.

Area II Electives (At Least 15 credits)

Students Must Select at Least 5 of the Following:

LEGA 1310 Litigation Skills II & Ethics 3 credits
LEGA 2200 Contracts 3 credits
LEGA 2530 Probate II 3 credits
LEGA 2600 Personal Injury Law and Litigation
3 credits
LEGA 2750 Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence 3 credits
LEGA 3520 Criminal Law 3 credits
LEGA 3550 Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3 credits
LAD 3400 Employment Relations
3 credits
LAD 3460 Human Resource Management in Law
3 credits
LAD 4650 Personal Finance 3 credits
LAD 4990 Directed Readings 3 credits
ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I 3 credits
BUS 2900* Personal Finance 3 credits
BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure
3 credits
POL 2010* Introduction to Law and the Judiciary
3 credits
POL 2020* Criminal Law and Procedure
3 credits
POL 2030 Topics in Legal Issues 3 credits
POL 2040 Tort Law 3 credits
POL 2800* Legal Research 3 credits
POL 3100 Women and Politics 3 credits
POL 3230* Personnel Management and Labor Relations
3 credits
POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law
3 credits
POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality
3 credits
POL 4990 Senior Seminar
3 credits

*Certain courses are not for credit if the student took the corresponding course with a different prefix.

Post-Degree Legal Assistant Certificate Program
A Legal Assistant Certificate program is offered for students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. This is a non-degree program. The certificate program requires completion of 33 credit hours in the Legal Assistant/Administration curriculum. The required courses are as follows:

Post-Degree Certificate Requirements (33 credits)

LEGA 1100 Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology
3 credits
LEGA 1300 Litigation Skills I 3 credits
LEGA 1310 Litigation Skills II and Ethics
3 credits
LEGA 2800 Legal Research and Analysis I
3 credits
LEGA 2810 Legal Research and Analysis II
3 credits
LAD 3120 Law Practice Management 3 credits
Any five additional legal specialty courses 15 credits

A grade of "C" must be maintained in all required Legal Assistant Certificate and supportive courses. A 2.0 GPA must also be maintained.

*Certain courses are not for credit if the student took the corresponding course with a different prefix.