Curriculum and Courses

Your coursework in the bachelor of arts degree in legal studies also earns you a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies.

Major Requirements (52 credits)

All courses carry three credits, unless otherwise indicated.

(Minimum at Elms College: 45 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 333 Computer Assisted Legal Research 
LEG 334 Interviewing & 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)
*Students may substitute LEG 451 Elder Law.

Legal Specialty (9 credits)
Choose three (LEG 253-495)

Courses from Other Departments (12 credits)
Choose four courses with an ENG, HIS, PHI, PSY, or SOC designation at the 200 level or above, subject to the advisor's approval.


Fall 2014 Independent Study Offering Open to All Students

IDS330 Nelson Mandela’s South Africa: His Life and His Land. This course, open to all students, will examine the events that led to the South African government-sanctioned racial segregation policy known as apartheid and how it ended through non-violent means directed by activist Nelson Mandela, who went on to become the country’s first black president. Students will also study the modern day legal and criminal justice systems in South Africa, explore its wild and exotic creatures, and discuss crimes against wildlife and methods to protect endangered species.

Students enrolled in the course also have the opportunity to travel to South Africa with Professor Katherine Currier for an 11-day excursion (January 8-18, 2015) that will include a tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years; as well as visits to Soweto, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kruger National Park, among other destinations.


Contact Us

Division of Social Sciences
Kurt Ward
Director of Criminal Justice and Director of Paralegal & Legal Studies