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    Legal Studies Major

    The Legal Studies Department offers the flexible legal studies major for students interested in the field of law. It is an optional major for pre-law students. Paralegal students may follow this major, but doing so does not guarantee a paralegal certificate. Paralegal certificate recipients may major in any subject. Students who are interested in the paralegal certificate should also refer to the Paralegal Certificate page.


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    The legal studies major consists of forty (40) credits as follows: 

    Four required courses:

    24 elective course credits:

    Each student selects one-, two- and four-credit courses totaling 24 credits from all LGST courses or the following interdisciplinary offerings: 

    Legal studies majors who intend to go on to law school are encouraged to strongly consider a second major or minor in the field of their choice. A legal studies major is not required for law school admissions. Students interested in law school should also strongly consider taking PHIL 1130: Logic, as well as writing-intensive and formal reasoning courses beyond those required of the Hamline Plan.

    Majors who plan to work immediately after completing their four-year degree are encouraged to select electives leading to the paralegal certificate or to finish a major in another discipline that offers law-related employment opportunities requiring a bachelor’s degree such as criminal justice, English, or political science.

    Learning Outcomes

    Graduates and certificate recipients of the Hamline University Legal Studies Department will be able to:

    • Produce reasoned legal analysis. 
    • Demonstrate writing and speaking skills necessary to communicate in professional and academic legal settings. 
    • Demonstrate mastery of legal citation. 
    • Demonstrate knowledge of technology relevant to the legal profession. 
    • Locate primary and secondary legal resources using print and electronic tools. 
    • Fulfill legal and general ethical obligations in academic and professional settings. 
    • Evaluate legal issues in diverse cultural contexts.