Legal Studies, Certificate

Program Code: LEGST_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Legal Studies, a minimum of 15 credits is required.

Legal Studies Core Courses
Select 9 credits in core courses from a program-approved list:9
American Constitutional Law
The American Legal Process
American Judicial Behavior
International Law and Organizations
Legal Studies Supplementary Courses
Select 6 credits in supplementary courses from approved department list. 16

Certificate Learning Objectives

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  1. Describe the American legal system
  2. Conduct legal research and prepare legal briefs
  3. Recount the most important and famous American legal cases
  4. Analyze the basis for court decisions
  5. Explain the context by which laws are made
  6. Discuss and analyze how American laws relate to an international context

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Robert Speel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
159 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6206
rws15@psu.edu

Career Paths

The certificate in Legal Studies can be pursued by students in most Penn State Behrend degree programs and as a stand-alone credential for nondegree students. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

The certificate in Legal Studies is a useful degree addition for students who would like to work as legal assistants or in a law firm. It offers a valuable background in law and legal processes.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A CERTIFICATE IN LEGAL STUDIES

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Legal Studies introduces the future law student to the case law he or she can expect to study thoroughly in law school.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences