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Undergraduate Certificate Program

Robert Speel
170 Irvin Kochel Center
Penn State Erie
Phone: 814-898-206

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The Legal Studies 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 wish to work as legal assistants or paralegals 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. Students can also take 12 credits from the law or legal process courses and 3 credits from the court cases or legal processes courses.

To earn an undergraduate certificate in LEGAL STUDIES, a minimum of 15 credits is required.

Legal Studies Core Courses

Take 9 credits in core courses from a program-approved list:
PLSC 471 American Constitutional Law  3 credits
PLSC 472 The Americal Legal Process  3  credits
PLSC 473 American Judicial Behavior 3 credits
PLSC 487 International Law and Organizations  3credits

Legal Studies Supplementary Courses

Take 6 credits in supplementary courses from a program approved list*:
PLSC 110 Rights in America 3 credits
PLSC 123 Ethnic and Racial Politics  3credits
PLSC 178 Organized Crime, Law, and Politics  3 credits
PLSC 419 The Bureaucratic State  3 credits
PLSC 480 Congress and the Presidency  3 credits
PLSC 482 American State and Urban Politics   3 credits

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

Effective Date: Spring Semester 2011

Expiration Date:

Last Revised by the Department: 12/02/2011



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