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Legal Studies Certificate

The Legal Studies Certificate is designed to give students a foundation in the skills and concepts that law students and lawyers need. It is not a professional certification to work as a paralegal. Rather, it was created for students interested in attending law school.


  • 15 hours of coursework
  • 3.25 GPA for certificate coursework
  • 3.0 cumulative UNT GPA

All recipients of the certificate MUST complete one course from each of the following five areas:

1. Foundations

  • PSCI 3200 The American Legal Systems
  • CJUS 3210 Judicial and Legal Systems

2. Analytical Reasoning

  • PHIL 2050 Introduction to Logic
  • ECON 4550 Law and Economics
  • COMM 3840 Argumentation and Debate
  • COMM 2140 Rhetoric and Argument
  • UCRS 3000 Legal Studies Survey (by exception - you will need to request the exception through your academice advisor)

3. Ethics

  • PHIL 3400 Ethics
  • BLAW 3430 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • CJUS 4250 Law and Social Problems

4. Oral and Writen Advocacy

  • ENGL 3110 Intermediate Expository Writing
  • COMM 2040 Public Speaking

5. Applied Legal Studies

  • PSCI 4200 Constitutional Law
  • PSCI 4210 Civil Liberties
  • PSCI 4230 Constitutional Rights of Criminal Defendants
  • COMM 4440 Issues in Freedom of Speech
  • BLAW 4450 Corporation Law
  • BLAW 4480 International Business Law
  • CJUS 3201 Criminal Law

For more information contact the pre-law advisor To add the Certificate to your program of study, e-mail and provide your 8-digit student identification number.

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