The legal studies undergraduate program at UCF offers students the opportunity to investigate many questions essential to an understanding of the legal system and the role of attorneys and legal assistants. All faculty members have law degrees and have experience as practitioners. As a professional program, legal studies incorporates a liberal arts orientation in its own courses and requires that students take supporting courses from other programs.
Students who have completed the Foreign Language Admissions Requirement (two years of high school or one year of college course work) have the option of pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Legal Studies. Students pursuing the B.A. must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to one year in college. Students pursuing the B.S. must satisfy six credit hours from the approved list of courses.
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Program Of Study
As part of the legal studies undergraduate program of study, students will be required to take classes in such subjects as:
- Law and the Legal System
- Legal Research
- Legal Writing
- Civil Practice and Procedure
- Property and Real Estate Law
Students will be able to select several supporting courses, or electives, based on the guidance of their faculty advisor. These electives may be selected from any department or program so long as they are relevant to legal studies.
Students interested in going onto law school after graduation are recommended to take classes in the following subjects:
- Criminal Justice System
- Criminal Law in Action
- Prosecution and Adjudication
- Congress and the Legislative Process
- American Constitutional Law
- American Political Thought
- American Economic History
The official program of study for the bachelor’s degree in legal studies is available in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog.
Students may earn specialization certificates within the general program of study. The specializations do not substitute for the general legal studies degree requirement; they are earned within the general program by selecting particular courses to satisfy the legal studies restricted electives and supporting course requirements. Students are not required to declare a specialization. The following specializations are offered:
- Law and Society
- Litigation and Advocacy
- Public Law
- Sports and Entertainment Law
- Criminal Law and Individual Liberties
- Estates and Property Law
- Comparative Law
- Commercial and Transactional Law