Legal Studies

Starting in the 2017-2018 academic year, UALR’s School of Public Affairs will offer a new supplemental major in legal studies that is perfect for students interested in going to law school.  The major emphasizes building the skills that you will need to succeed, including critical thinking and effective communication, while also offering an opportunity to gain background information in a variety of areas of law.

For additional information and resources for students considering applying to law school, visit the Bowen Law School’s Admissions 360 page.

Legal Studies Supplementary Major Degree Plan

Students Under the 2017-2018 Catalog and Subsequent Catalogs

Legal Studies can only be taken as a supplementary major.  Requirements for primary majors will vary by program, but most majors require between 30 and 36 hours.

 Foundation Courses Competencies (12 hours) 

  • ACOM 1300 Speech Communication
  • POLS 1310 American National Government
  • PHIL 1330 Critical Thinking or PHIL 2350 Introduction to Logic
  • LGST 3300 Introduction to Legal Studies

Substantive Law (6 hours)

  • CRJU 3301 Criminal Evidence
  • CRJU 3307 Criminal Law
  • CRJU 4305 Juvenile Law and Process
  • CRJU 4351 Constitutional Law – Civil Liberties
  • ENHS 3310 Environmental Regulations
  • HHPS 4325 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport
  • MCOM 4352 News Media and the First Amendment
  • MGMT 4341 Labor and Industrial Relations
  • MGMT 4391 Employment Law
  • MKTG 2380 Legal Environment of Business
  • MKTG 3381 Advanced Business Law
  • MKTG 4378 Real Estate Law
  • POLS 4341 Topics: International Law
  • POLS 4350 Constitutional Law – Governmental Powers
  • POLS 4351 Constitutional Law – Civil Liberties

Legal Institutions and Processes (3 hours)

  • POLS 3325 Legislative Processes and Behavior
  • POLS 4301 Judicial Systems and Process
  • CRJU 4301 Judicial Systems and Process

Advance Communication (6 hours)

Choose one speech and one writing course from the list below

  • RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing
  • RHET 3316 Writing for Work
  • RHET 3326 Technical Writing
  • RHET 4306 Writing for Business and Government
  • RHET 4315 Advanced Persuasive Writing
  • RHET 4325 Legal Writing and Analysis
  • ACOM 3315 Interviewing
  • ACOM 3320 Advanced Public Speaking
  • ACOM 3323 Conflict Management
  • ACOM 3330 Professional Communication
  • ACOM 3340 Communication Ethics for the Professional
  • ACOM 4350 Effective Crisis Communication

Perspectives on the Law (6 hours)

  • ANTH 3413 Race and Human Variation
  • ANTH 4355/4155 Forensic Anthropology/Lab
  • CRJU 3310 Race/Ethnicity and Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 3312 Victimology
  • CRJU 3313 Crime and Science: An Introduction to Forensic Science
  • CRJU 3337 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CRJU 3338 Criminological Theory
  • CRJU 3396 Psychology and the Criminal Process
  • CRJU/POLS 4302 Law and Society
  • GNST/SOCI 3346 Family Sociology
  • GNST SOCI 3350 Family Violence
  • HIST/RACE 4355 History of Race and Ethnicity in America
  • HIST 4358 Civil Rights Since 1954
  • HIST 4363 Law in American History
  • MCOM 3360 Mass Communication Law, Policy and Ethics
  • PHIL 3341 Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 3346 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 3347 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 4373 Philosophy of Race
  • POLS 3390 American Political Thought
  • POLS 4360 Topics: International Human Rights
  • PSYC 3350 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 3356 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 3358 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 3360 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 4301 Drug Abuse
  • SOCI 3334 Social Problems
  • SOCI 3335 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • SOCI 3337 Juvenile Delinquency 

Core Requirements (35 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives
Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence.