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2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

Students seeking a bachelor's degree in legal studies must complete the general education requirements of the university. Students must also meet the degree cognate requirements of the School of Criminal Justice, i.e., third-semester proficiency in a foreign language to earn a B.A. for Legal Studies, or CJ 300, CJ 400 and STA 215 to earn a B.S. The bachelor's degree in legal studies is approved by the American Bar Association.

Although most courses taken at other colleges and universities may be accepted for full credit, only a limited number will be counted toward the major. Students must take at least two-thirds of the credits constituting the major at Grand Valley State University.

Requirements for a Major in Legal Studies

A minimum of 36 credit hours is required. All majors must take the following core courses:

In Addition

In addition, all majors must take:

and three of the following courses:

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Legal Studies

Please visit the web site of the College of Community and Public Service Advising Center at for a four-year curriculum plan for the legal studies major. Taking courses in the sequence recommended in the curriculum plan for legal studies will help you avoid delays in completing the legal studies degree.

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