The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a Pre-Law Concentration requires a minimum of 120 semester hours including Husson University's General Education requirements as well as Legal Studies, Business, and related courses.  It is designed to provide students with skills for success in the legal field and specific preparation for the rigors of the law school curriculum.  While the American Bar Association does not recommend any particular majors or courses for undergraduate education prior to law school, it does set forth Core Skills and Values for a Pre-Law education. Students in the Legal Studies program earning a Pre-Law Concentration will have completed a curriculum which has the American Bar Association Core Skills and Values as its foundation. 

The programmatic outcomes for the B.S. Legal Studies--Pre Law are:

  1. Students will understand core practices in legal studies such as interviewing and investigation; law office management; and litigation
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and legal writing skills
  3. Students will apply legal and ethical principles to decision making.
  4. Students will apply legal research methods and tools to formulate legal arguments and reasoning.
  5. Students will apply critical thinking to diversity issues that arise in legal studies
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to work with diverse colleagues in team situations.
  • General Education Courses
    EH 105College Writing3
    HE 111The Husson Experience ***1
    PL 305Legal Ethics3
    PL 309Constitutional Law3
    PL 403Advanced Legal Writing3
    PL 407Legal Studies Capstone *3
    Fine Arts Elective3
    Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3
    Historical Elective 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Lab Science Elective (Must also qualify as a sustainability elective)3-4
    Literature Elective3
    Math I Elective4
    Math II Elective3
    Philosophical Elective 3
    Psychological/Sociological Elective3
    Professional Courses
    BA 201Business Law I3
    BA 202Business Law II3
    CJ 225Criminal Procedure3
    PL 100Intro to Legal Studies *3
    PL 200Criminal Law3
    PL 201Real Estate Law3
    PL 203Civil Litigation *3
    PL 204Introduction to Wills, Estates, and Trusts *3
    PL 205Legal Research and Writing *3
    PL 301Torts3
    PL 302Family Law3
    PL 303Alternative Dispute Resolution3
    PL 304Alternative Dispute Resolution II3
    PL 400Evidence3
    PL 404Civil Litigation II3
    PL 405Workers Compensation3
    PL 498Paralegal Internship *3
    BA/CJ/PL Elective 12
    CJ/PL Elective3
    Open Elective9
    Total Hours122-123

    Suggested Course Sequence 

    First Year
    BA 2013PL 2003
    EH 1053PL 2013
    HE 111***1Humanities Elective 3
    PL 100*3Math II Elective3
    PL 204*3Psychological/Sociological Elective 3
    Math I Elective4 
     17 15
    Second Year
    PL 203*3BA 2023
    PL 205*3CJ 2253
    PL 3053PL 3023
    Literature Elective 3Philosophical Elective 3
    Historical Elective 3CJ/PL Elective3
     15 15
    Third Year
    PL 3033PL 4033
    PL 3093PL 4073
    Fine Arts Elective3PL 4983
    Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3BA/CJ/PL Elective3
    BA/CJ/PL Elective 3Lab Science Elective (Must also qualify as a sustainability elective)3-4
     15 15-16
    Fourth Year
    PL 3013PL 3043
    PL 4003PL 4043
    BA/CJ/PL Elective3PL 4053
    Open Elective3BA/CJ/PL Elective 3
    Open Elective3Open Elective3
     15 15
    Total Hours: 122-123