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Law and Jurisprudence (A.A.)

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Official Title of Major: Law and Jurisprudence, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60

About the Legal Studies Institute

Purpose: This transfer program provides a law and liberal arts foundation for those students transferring to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence and, ultimately, attend law school. Prospective lawyers should develop proficiency in writing, speaking, reading, researching, analyzing and thinking logically. A multidisciplinary background is critical; therefore, this program provides a core of courses considered essential to the pre-law/jurisprudence student.

Range of Occupations

The skills and knowledge acquired in this program can be applied to a variety of occupations, including: lawyer, law clerk, paralegal, legal assistant, mediator, arbitrator, title examiner, abstractor, judge, magistrate and other judicial workers.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

General Education Requirements: 31 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Additional General Education Requirements: 3 credits

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111 .

Technology Requirement

Satisfied by LGS 112 .

Wellness Requirement

Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Explain basic legal concepts, issues, and terminology in subject matter areas that are essential to the practice of law

2. Apply critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, and interpret legal and factual issues and effectively interface with clients and attorneys

3. Demonstrate effective legal research, writing, and oral communication skills.

4. Apply general principles of ethical and professional responsibility to the role of paralegals and attorneys in the practice of law

5. Apply practical legal skills and legal theory to assist attorneys in the practice of law

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

Career and Educational Advancement Resources


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