The Legal Studies program provides students with a broad understanding of basic principles of the law, and the role and function of the legal system. In addition to preparing students for law-related careers, the program provides a solid foundation for law school. While no specific major is required for admission to law school, a degree in Legal Studies presents students with an unparalleled opportunity for law school preparation. All Legal Studies faculty are graduates of ABA approved law schools, and practice/have practiced the law. Legal Studies students are encouraged to work closely with their program advisor in planning their degree completion and career goals. Satisfactory completion of the program requirements leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Legal Studies. The difference between the two degree types is that the B.A. requires two semesters of college-level foreign language; the B.S. requires two years of high school foreign language. In addition, both degree types are respected the same. Both the B.A. and the B.S. can be completed entirely online.
The Legal Studies minor is well suited for students seeking to understand the universal role of law in society. This minor is available for all undergraduate students. Students who pursue the Legal Studies minor will find this knowledge in nearly every aspect of their professional careers.
In partnership with the Nicholson School of Communication and Media, the Litigation and Advocacy Certificate provides students with the practical working understanding of legal advocacy as well as public speaking skills that are equally relevant in the courtroom and the workplace. Students will be better versed in critical thinking argumentation and the relationships between legal and social advocacy. The knowledge and skills they will develop in gathering evidence developing arguments and understanding diverse populations will help them become more marketable, both as potential law students as well as communication professionals.
*This certificate is available only for students with a 2018-2019 catalog year (i.e. admitted summer 2018 & onward).
This Certificate is offered through the College of Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The Spanish for the Legal World Certificate prepares students to expand and bridge their knowledge across the different areas of Spanish and the key concepts of the legal world, thus facilitating an easy transition to the workforce upon completion of this certificate.
The University of Central Florida has established 3+3 Accelerated Law Programs with:
- Touro College Law Center (Central Islip, NY)
- Barry University School of Law (Orlando, FL)
- Florida State University College of Law (Tallahassee, FL)