Georgana Taggart, J.D., Chairperson

The University is phasing out the Legal Studies major (BA and AA) and the Paralegal Certificate. Students interested in pursuing a degree in Legal Studies must complete their major requirements by the conclusion of second semester 2021 (S221) and are encouraged to work with the Director of the Academic Advising Resource Center for advising.

MSJ’s 3+3 articulation agreements for students interested in attending law school will remain in effect.

The Department of Legal Studies offers a minor in legal studies. Departmental policy for all programs within Legal Studies: A grade of "C" or higher is required in all major, minor, and cognate courses

Legal Studies

Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654, (800) 285-2221, the Legal Studies program (originally paralegal studies) was developed in 1976 in response to the ABA’s recommendation that paralegals be educated to help in providing efficient legal services.

The program promotes an understanding of how the individual fits into the legal system, both as a professional and as a citizen. It is designed to prepare students for success in law-related professions, including attorney, paralegal, legal assisting, and the justice system. The curriculum focuses on communication skills, critical thinking, the legal system, legal research, contract law, torts, litigation, estates and trusts, real estate, family law, professional ethics, criminal procedure, and legal research and writing. Although graduates of the program may not engage in the unauthorized practice of law, it will provide those students who wish to become practicing attorneys with an excellent opportunity to prepare for law school.

Persons educated in legal studies can apply their skills in a variety of career settings including law firms, corporate legal departments, governmental positions, the court system, title companies, banks, insurance companies, and others.