About the Program
The Legal Studies program at C-SC is designed to prepare young professionals for a career in the law. Courses in legal research, analysis, writing, procedure and substantive law provide students the skills necessary for careers in the paralegal field, human resources, business, legal and court administration, or to continue their studies in law school. Students obtain further practical experience through internships, which enable them to apply the skills and knowledge gained in their coursework to a selected legal setting. The Legal Studies Department also hosts the Mock Trial team which offers students an opportunity to learn courtroom procedure, presentation and problem solving skills and teamwork.
What Makes the Program Distinctive?
The Legal Studies program emphasizes experiential learning. Students prepare and argue cases for mock trials, draft documents for civil lawsuits, research complex legal issues, write corresponding memorandum, negotiate and mediate disputes and visit trial and appellate courts. In their last year of study, students will participate in a Senior Seminar course wherein they will complete a portfolio of their work demonstrating the skills learned through their coursework.
Beyond the Classroom
Student Run Clubs: Legal Studies Student Association (LSSA) - The purpose of the LSSA is to foster unity and good fellowship among students in the Legal Studies program, the pre-law program and other interested students, to educate the community about the skills and abilities offered by the legal studies program and promote the utilization of the legal studies profession.
Professional Experience: Students gain “on-the-job” training through an internship, enabling them to obtain practical work experience by applying the skills and knowledge gained in their coursework to a selected legal setting.
Awards and Recognitions: Outstanding Scholar in Legal Studies
Mock Trial Awards - Excellence in Trial Advocacy, Most Improved Attorney, Outstanding Witness
Our graduates go on to careers as paralegals as well as business-related fields. Approximately one-half of our graduates go on to attend law school. C-SC graduates have or are attending law school at Washington University-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Iowa, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Illinois University.
AT A GLANCE
Can you minor in this program?
Popular second major:
Business, Criminal Justice, Political Science, History, English
The University of Missouri (MU) School of Law and C-SC have partnered to offer the Three-Three J.D. Program (3-3 Program). The 3-3 Program provides high-caliber, highly motivated students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree during their fourth year, while completing their first year of law school.
For more information, contact:
Melody Schroer, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
Department Chair, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies