Prelaw and Legal Scholars Program

Legal Studies Class


The Undergraduate Legal Studies Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Paralegal Studies.  The Paralegal Studies program offers classes online to accommodate distance learning in this growing field.  In addition, students seeking a bachelor's degree in any discipline may choose to obtain a Minor in Legal Studies.  Both the AAS degree and minor are detailed below.  

Note:  The Undergraduate Legal Studies Director oversees both programs and should be contacted by students interested in either offering for more information.  See "Contact Information" under this site for her data. 

Paralegal Studies AAS Degree

The Paralegal Studies Program at Southern Utah University is designed to provide a two-year curriculum in support of students who wish to pursue a career as a paralegal or legal assistant within a legal environment such as a law firm or the legal office of a governmental entity. In addition, the skills and knowledge obtained through the program will be useful in other fields as business, real estate, and public administration. Although classes within the program are designed to prepare students for the paralegal profession, they also offer insight into, and practical knowledge of, legal topics that may be of interest to students who wish to attend law school. Thus, pre-law students may take Paralegal Studies courses as electives or part of a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies or Political Science.  Note: advisors in these programs should be contacted for assistance in that regard.

The following describes the requirements of this degree.

General Education Core 

  • One course in the English core, and a minimum of one course in each of the following core categories: Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics), Information Literacy, Computer Literacy, and American Institutions
  • Two courses from among two of five knowledge areas: Fine Arts, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Life Science, and/or Physical Science.

Required Paralegal (PLGL) Courses

Suggested Paralegal Studies Electives 


Legal Studies Minor

As stated, a student may select this minor regardless of his/her declared discipline.  The eighteen (18) credits required to complete this minor are as follows.

Core Requirements (6 Credits)

  • POLS 3120 Law, Courts & Society
  • POLS 3510 Constitutional Law

Elective Requirements (12 Credits from courses listed below with no more than 6 lower division credits to be counted toward the minor.)

Three-Credit Courses

  • PHIL 1250 Reasoning and Rational Decision Making
  • PHIL 3500 Ethics
  • PLGL 1500 Family Law
  • PLGL 1900 Civil Procedure
  • PLGL 2000 Legal Research and Writing
  • PLGL 2600 Business and Corporate Law
  • ACCT 2050 Business Law I
  • CJ 1330 Criminal Law
  • CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence
  • CJ 3320 Criminal Procedure
  • CJ 4200 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 4890 Internship (3-6 credits)
  • COMM 4260 Media Law
  • POLS 1100 American National Government
  • POLS 3520 Civil Rights and Liberties
  • POLS 4890 Internship (3-6 credits)Legal Studies Students

Legal Studies Students

Prerequisite Course:

CJ 1010, Introduction to Criminal Justice. (This is a general education course that does not count toward the 18 credits required for the minor.)

Students are encouraged to participate in an internship during their Junior or Senior years. Internships vary from three to six credits, dependent on the amount of time spent.