Legal Studies, BA

A Solid Legal Foundation

Our society's need for legal services continues to increase and develop into new areas of law such as cyber law, international business transaction law, intellectual property, health care and environmental law. This growing need ensures unlimited career opportunities with competitive starting salaries. Paralegals and other legal professionals work in many fields such as law firms, corporate in-house counsel, banking and financial institutions, hospitals, insurance companies, real estate title companies, legislative offices, state and federal government offices and institutions, and administrative agencies.

The W’s legal studies program is designed for the education of paralegals. Paralegals shall not provide legal services directly to the public, unless otherwise permitted by law.

Legal Studies for non-majors: Legal Studies Minor

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Legal Studies, BA Curriculum

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General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

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Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must include the following courses (or demonstrate equivalent competency) in their academic program:

  • Foreign Language 101-102 8 semester hours
  • Foreign Language 201-202 6 semester hours

To fulfill the language requirement for the B.A., students must complete the 202 level or above in a foreign language. For information on foreign language placement, see the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy section in the Bulletin. If, upon entering the University, a student already has sufficient background to be successful in 201-202, he/she does not need to enroll in 101-102. The requirement is in essence six hours credit at the 200-level or above.

Major Courses

  • PLG 101 - Introduction to the Legal Profession
  • PLG 200 - Legal Bibliography and Research I
  • PLG 202 - Legal Bibliography and Research II
  • PLG 241 - The Legal Environment of Business
  • PLG 303 - Torts
  • PLG 330 - Legal Writing
  • PLG 340 - Law Office Technology and Management
  • PLG 428 - Real Estate Law
  • PLG 429 - Civil Litigation
  • PLG 440 - Practical Legal Lab

Three Paralegal Studies elective courses: (9 Semester Hours)

Other Required Courses:

  • MIS 157 - Information Systems Using Microcomputers
  • PHL 205 - Logic

Total Hours Required for a BA in Legal Studies: 124 Semester Hours