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Legal Administration (BA)

Description

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Legal Administration is designed to expose students to the different substantive areas of law. Students will learn legal research skills and other important skills necessary to manage the complex mixture of personnel, technology and business that exist in today's legal world.

A Legal Administration major must complete a 27-credit-hour core with an additional 15 required elective credit hours. Students may select a 3-credit or 6-credit-hour internship in a private or corporate law firm, government or judicial office, or public service organization or placement in one of our practicum sites. The internship program director will assist students with placement.

Independent study or directed research is also available for up to 6 credit hours. All topics must be approved by the program director at the time of registration.

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    Degree/Major Requirements

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

    Requirements for the Major

    • LEGA 1100* Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology (3 credits)
    • LEGA 1300 Litigation Skills I (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2300 Family Law (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2400 Real Estate Law (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2520 Probate I (Estates and Trusts) (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2650 Corporations and Business Organizations (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2800  Legal Research and Analysis I (3 credits) OR POL 2800 Legal Research (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2810 Legal Research and Analysis II (3 credits)
    • LAD 3120 Law Practice Management (3 credits)
    • Electives from Area I (3 credits)
    • Electives from Area II (15 credits)

    A grade of "C" must be maintained in all courses required for the major. A GPA of 2.0 must also be maintained. Students must also complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.

    *Certain courses are not for credit if the student took the corresponding course with a different prefix.

    Area I Electives (At Least 3 credits)

    Students Must Select at Least ONE of the Following Courses:

    • LAD 4300 Leadership Skills (3 credits)
    • LAD 4500* Marketing the Law Firm (3 credits) OR BUS 3120* Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
    • LAD 4900 Clinical Experience in Law Firm (3 credits) OR LAD 4940 Legal Administration Internship (3-6 credits)

    *Certain courses are not for credit if the student took the corresponding course with a different prefix. Both LAD 4500 or BUS 3120 satisfy the marketing elective. Students may not take both.

    Area II Electives (At Least 15 credits)

    Students Must Select at Least 5 of the Following:

    • ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
    • BUS 2900* Wealth Management and Financial Planning (3 credits)
    • BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure (3 credits)
    • LAD 3400 Employment Relations (3 credits)
    • LAD 4600 Legal Ethics (3 credits)
    • LAD 4650 Personal Finance (3 credits)
    • LAD 4990 Directed Readings (3 credits)
    • LEGA 1310 Litigation Skills II and Ethics (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2200 Contracts (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2530 Probate II (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2600 Personal Injury Law and Litigation (3 credits)
    • LEGA 2750 Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence (3 credits)
    • LEGA 3520 Criminal Law (3 credits)
    • LEGA 3550 Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3 credits)
    • POL 2010* Introduction to Law and the Judiciary (3 credits)
    • POL 2020* Criminal Law and Procedure (3 credits)
    • POL 2030 Topics in Legal Issues (3 credits)
    • POL 2040 Tort Law (3 credits)
    • POL 3100 Women and Politics (3 credits)
    • POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law (3 credits)
    • POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality (3 credits)
    • POL 4990 Senior Seminar (3 credits)

    *Certain courses are not for credit if the student took the corresponding course with a different prefix.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Stephen Manning, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 234
McNichols Campus

Email: mannings@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1087
Fax: 313-993-1166

Department Website

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