Professional Legal Studies, BS

The professional legal studies bachelor of science degree will provide students with a well-rounded education, including an emphasis in legal training that affords the student a unique and valuable perspective upon entering various business professions in which knowledge of the law is essential.  The program consists of a major core of legal courses to include legal research, contracts, torts, civil procedure, business law, administrative law, and evidence. An introduction to legal principles, the adversary system and a capstone course round out the major core legal courses required of this program. Students will develop the ability to communicate clearly, systematically, and logically and also to utilize valuable critical thinking skills during the communication process. 

The Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Legal Studies also offers areas of study in Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurial, Management, and Supply Chain Management. An area of study is a grouping of electives that focus on particular interests and career paths. These business areas of study will train students for employment in a number of professional business areas in which a basic understanding of the law and legal principles are useful. 

Please note, only licensed attorneys may practice law. A person who earns this degree may not engage in activities considered to be the practice of law, including giving legal advice, representing a client in court, or setting legal fees.

Area of Study – Human Resource Management

Major Core:

  • LA3150 Business Law II
  • MT/PL3230 Employment Law
  • PL4150 Practical Legal Investigation
  • PL4200 Litigation and Trial Practice
  • LA6570DC Human Resource Law

Support Core:

  • MT1050 Introduction to Business 
  • MT2050 Principles of Management
  • MT3050 Human Resource Management
  • MT3080 Compensation and Benefits
  • MT3100 Employee and Labor Relations
  • MT3250 Organizational Behavior
  • MT4050 Training and Development
  • MT4200 Business Ethics
  • MT4420 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MT4501 HRM Internship

OR

  • MT4500 HRM Action Research Project

Area of Study – Entrepreneurial

Major Core:

Support Core:

  • MT1050 Introduction to Business         
  • AC2760 Accounting for Managers 
  • MT2050 Principles of Management 
  • MG2100 Principles of Selling    
  • MT2100 Entrepreneurship and Small Business 
  • FN3000 Business Finance  
  • IMT3600 Strategic Entrepreneurship 
  • MT3650 Business Plan Development 
  • MT4140 Innovation, Creativity and New Product Development             
  • MT4500 MT Internship 

Area of Study – Management

Major Core:

  • LA3150 Business Law II 
  • MT/LA3230 Employment Law 
  • PL3120 Classical Rhetoric in a Digital Age 
  • PL4150 Practical Legal Investigation 
  • LA6570DC Human Resource Law

Support Core:

  • MT1050 Introduction to Business  
  • MG1050 Principles of Marketing  
  • MT2050 Principles of Management 
  • AC2760 Accounting for Managers  
  • FN3000 Business Finance 
  • IMT3050 Human Resource Management 
  • MT3250 Organizational Behavior 
  • MT3500 Managing Information Systems 
  • MT4200 Business Ethics 
  • MT4300 Management Across Cultures

OR

  • MT4500 Management Internship

Area of Study – Supply Chain Management

Major Core:

  • LA3150 Business Law II 
  • MT/LA3230 Employment Law 
  • PL3120 Classical Rhetoric in a Digital Age 
  • LA3200 International Law 
  • PL4220 Environmental Law

Support Core:

  • MT1050 Introduction to Business  
  • MT2050 Principles of Management 
  • AC2760 Accounting for Managers  
  • OM1000D Introduction to Business Logistics  
  • OM2100D Logistics and Transportation Management 
  • OM2200D Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 
  • OM3000 Operations Management 
  • OM3200D Marketing and Distribution Channels 
  • OM3400D Manufacturing Planning and Control 
  • OM3100 Business Logistics Internship  

OR

  • OM 4100 Quality Management in the Supply Chain

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law.
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology.
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Apply legal theories to relevant facts.

Professional Legal Studies: Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

180 Credits

Professional Legal Studies Major Core (69)

LA1150Legal Research I

4.5

LA3100Business Law I

4.5

LA4900Professional Legal Studies Capstone

6

PL1100/LA1100Introduction to Legal Principles

4.5

PL2050Torts

4.5

PL2150Civil Procedure

4.5

 

PL3400Evidence/Exclusionary Rule

4.5

OR

CJ3400Constitutional Law

4.5

 

PL3500Introduction to Contracts

4.5

PL4250Administrative Law

4.5

PL4350Adversary System

4.5

PLElectives

9

PL3000+Elective

13.5

All courses above in the Professional Legal Studies major core require a minimum "C" grade.

Open Electives (45)

3000+Elective

9

Open Electives

36

General Education Core (66)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

Science

SCScience Electives

9

Humanities

Humanities Electives

9

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Electives

9

General Education

General Education Elective

4.5

(Course-by-course transfer)

Communications

EN1300Composition II

4.5

 

EN2100Speech

4.5

OR

EN2150Interpersonal Professional Communication

4.5

 

EN3050Technical Communications

4.5

Mathematics

MA2000Quantitative Reasoning

4.5

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Professional Legal Studies Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements.

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