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Legal Studies Certificate

The Legal Studies (LEGST) certificate is intended for students who want to learn about some of the cases and legal processes they will study in law school. It is also intended for students who might want to work as legal assistants and wish to get some background in law and legal processes without attending law school.

The certificate requires that students take three political science courses (nine credits) about law or the legal process and two more political science courses (six credits) in which court cases or legal processes are a significant component of course materials. Many of the legal studies courses are offered in the evening or after 4 p.m., and it is therefore possible to complete the certificate with courses late in the day or in the evening for students will full-time jobs.

This certificate is for students who are interested in legal careers. Students who are interested in criminal justice careers, such as police officers, probation or parole officers, correctional officers border patrol, security officials, or work with delinquents should consider Penn State Behrend's Crime, Psychology, and Public Policy certificate as an alternative.

Requirements:
Students must have a C or better in each certificate course, and at least one course must have been completed in or after spring 2012.
 
Take 9 credits in core courses from a program-approved list:
PL SC 471American Constitutional Law3 credits 
PL SC 472The Americal Legal Process3 credits 
PL SC 473American Judicial Behavior3 credits 
PL SC 487International Law and Organizations3 credits 
    
    
Take 6 credits in supplementary courses from a program approved list*:
PL SC 110Rights in America3 credits 
PL SC 123 Ethnic and Racial Politics3 credits 
PL SC 197AOrganized Crime, Law, and Politics3 credits 
PL SC 419The Bureaucratic State3 credits 
PL SC 480W Congress and the Presidency3 credits 
PL SC 482 American State and Urban Politics3 credits 

*Students can also take 12 credits from the core courses and 3 credits from the list of supplementary courses

The courses listed here are those that are initially approved. Additions or subtractions may be made in future years.

To apply for this certificate, complete the Application for Certificate Completion Form.

 

Contact:
Dr. Robert Speel
814-898-6206
rws15@psu.edu

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