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Certificate in Legal Studies

Certificate in Legal Studies

According to the American Bar Association (ABA), students are not required to have any specific major to be admitted into law school. However, undergraduate students should acquire important skills, values, knowledge and experience to prepare effectively for law school. ABA recommended skills should include:

  1. Problem-solving
  2. Critical reading
  3. Writing and editing
  4. Oral communication
  5. Research
  6. Organization and management
  7. Public service and promotion of justice
  8. Relationship-building and collaboration
  9. Background knowledge and 
  10. Exposure to the law

The Certificate in Legal Studies is designed to provide students with substantive skills to hone their analytical and logic reasoning, critical reading and thinking, and writing and research skills. This certificate also encourages students’ exposure to the law to obtain first-hand experience in the legal field and strengthen students’ desire to pursue a legal career. The certificate offers courses that help students develop ABA recommended skills and joins students’ academic coursework with experiential learning opportunities that may count towards the student’s major, minor, or elective credits.

The Certificate in Legal Studies is open to all majors in the University. Students pursuing the Certificate in Legal Studies must complete 15 semester credit hours.  Courses that count for the certificate should be taken during fall 2020 and thereafter. Courses taken prior to Fall 2020 will not be applied towards the certificate. If you are interested in the certificate, please contact your Certificate Program Advisor, Dr. Ana Alvarez

All Summer Law School Preparation Academy credit courses (12 credits) taken during summer 2021 and thereafter count for the Certificate in Legal Studies. Curriculum here. The additional 3 credits must be earned with an internship course. Contact your prelaw advisor to discuss the internship course.