Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, according to the U. S. Department of Labor, changing the face of our communities. The justice system is one of many areas in need of professionals who speak Spanish and are familiar with Hispanic cultural backgrounds. The double major in Spanish and legal studies encourages you to combine language and cultural proficiency with an understanding of the legal system.
All courses carry three credits, unless otherwise indicated.
(Minimum at Elms College: 31 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.67)
Legal Studies Requirements (31 credits)
LEG 204 Introduction to Legal Studies I
LEG 205 Introduction to Legal Studies II
LEG 206 Principles of Litigation
LEG 295 Gender and Diversity in the Law
LEG 451 Elder Law
LEG 333 Computer Assisted Legal Research
LEG 334 Interviewing and Alternative Dispute Resolution
LEG 363 Law Office Computer Applications
LEG 455 Advanced Paralegal Seminar
LEG 465 Advanced Research and Writing
LEG 480 Paralegal Internship (4 credits)
Legal Specialty (9 credits)
Choose three (LEG 253-495)
Spanish Requirements (30 - 36 credits*)
(Minimum at Elms College: 15 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.0)
SPA 225 Conversación y cine
SPA 226 Composición y lectura
SPA 302 Literature and Civilization of Spain II
SPA 303 Literature and Civilization of Latin America I
SPA 304 Literature and Civilization of Latin America II
SPA 305 Translation
SPA 321 Advanced Oral Practice
SPA 323 Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPA 412, 415, or 425**
SPA 444 20th Century Latin America**
*To enter the Spanish major, students must prove that they have achieved an intermediate level of proficiency in the language. They can do so by scoring at that level in a language proficiency test or by taking the intermediate level courses SPA 201 and 202, which would also satisfy the language core requirement.
** These courses can also satisfy the literature requirement of the core.
We are a private Catholic coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Elms College is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and grants associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.