Legal Studies Curriculum Requirements

Students participate in a mock trial at the Cumberland County Courthouse

No major is particularly recommended for students interested in attending law school. The student must secure
a strong, broad educational background that develops the ability to read and comprehend, to speak and write clearly
and correctly, and to think precisely and analyze complex factual situations.

In addition to courses in the core curriculum and the major, students interested in law school should have courses in advanced expository writing, logic and ethics, political science, American and English history, Latin or a modern foreign language, accounting, sociology, psychology, and economics. Computer proficiency is essential.

Minor Requirements

The Legal Studies minor requires 21 s.h. of legal studies, 18 s.h. of which must be legal specialty courses designated by (*).

Transfer Policy

Twelve (12) s.h. of the 21 s.h. must be taken in a traditional classroom setting at Methodist University.

Required Courses

  • *LAW 200 Introduction to Legal Studies, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 310 Law and the Legal System, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 320 Legal Research and Writing, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 470 Internship, 3 s.h. (requires 115 contact hours)

Choose at Least 3 Elective Courses, 2 of which must be legal specialty courses (*)

  • *LAW 250 Environmental Regulations, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 370 Tort Law, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 371 Contract Law, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 382 Business Organizations, 3 s.h.
  • LAW 385 The Living Constitution, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 388 Bankruptcy Law, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 389 Criminal Evidence & Procedure, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 390 Administrative Law, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 392 Real Property Law, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 394 Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 396 Family Law, 3 s.h.
  • *LAW 398 Litigation, 3 s.h.
  • LAW 485 Special Topics, 3 s.h.
  • LAW 499 Independent Study, 1-3 s.h.