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Legal Studies - Program Description

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, "The legal system affects nearly every aspect of our society, from buying a home to crossing the street." Such a profound impact suggests that there are a variety of opportunities for individuals with an education in Legal Studies. The Department of Labor states that employers prefer graduates of postsecondary education programs. A graduate of SUNY Canton's Legal Studies program may find employment in law firms, corporations, hospitals, and local, state or federal government offices. Since the program covers many legal specialties, students may choose electives that may help them to specialize in one or more areas.

Students in this Major:

  • Spend a significant amount of time doing legal research and legal writing
  • May also take courses in Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement Leadership
  • Receive an interdisciplinary education
  • Complete a semester-long internship with a legal organization as a culminating experience

Career Opportunities:

  • Paralegals or legal assistants in law firms
  • Real estate and mortgage preparation
  • Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators
  • Occupational health and safety specialists
  • Government paralegals local state and federal
  • Contracts administrators
  • District Attorney, Sheriff and Probation Offices
  • Freelance Paralegal

Career Outlook:

  • Jobs for graduates in Legal Studies are projected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2018 according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be prepared to take Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression(ENGL 102).
  • Transfer student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for admission into the Legal Studies major and meet specific program requirements to be considered for admission.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum  0818)

Semester I Credits

ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral & Written Expression (GER 10)
3
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
LEST 101 American Legal System 3
American History Elective (GER 4) 3
Math Elective (GER 1) 3-4
Social Science Elective (GER 3) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16-17

Semester II Credits

ACCT 101 Foundations of Financial Accounting 3
BSAD 201 Business Law I 3
CITA 101 Library/Information Literacy 1
  Arts Elective (GER 8) 3
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective 3
Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester III Credits

BSAD 202 Business Law II 3
LEST 221 Criminal Practice 3
Foreign Language (GER 9) 4
  Sciences Elective (GER 2) 3-4
  Western Civilization Elective (GER 5) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16-17

Semester IV Credits

ENGL 301 Professional Writing & Communication 3
LEST 310 Legal Research 3
  Other World Civilization (GER 6) 3
  Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3
  U/L Legal Studies Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester V Credits

LEST 330 Legal Writing* 3
LEST 340 Constitutional Law 3
LEST 350 Civil Litigation 3
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective 3
Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VI Credits

BSAD 319 Professional Ethics 3
LEST 449 Advanced Legal Writing* 3
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective (U/L Recommended) 3
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective (U/L Recommended) 3
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective (U/L Recommended) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VII Credits

LEST 429 Internship Orientation
(If taking LEST 480 in 8th semester)
1
  U/L Legal Studies Elective 3
  U/L Legal Studies Elective 3
  U/L Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective 3
  U/L Liberal Arts & Sciences Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester VIII Credits

LEST 480
LEST 485
Legal Studies Internship (3-15 credits depending on hours worked) OR
Senior Project (3-15 credits depending on hours worked) AND/OR
5 U/L Program Electives for a total of 15 semester credits
15
TOTAL CREDITS 15

* Writing Intensive Course

U/L = Upper Level Electives are "300" or higher
GER = General Education Requirement

Program Electives:

  • LEST 320 - Negligence and Intentional Torts (Spring)
  • LEST 360 - Family Law (Fall)
  • LEST 370 - Real Property (Spring)
  • LEST 375 - Immigration Law and Border Control (Fall)
  • LEST 380 - Wills, Estates and Trusts (Fall)
  • LEST 388 - Environmental Law (Spring)
  • LEST 410 - American Indian Law and Fed. Policy (Fall)
  • LEST 450 - Trial Courts and Rules of Evidence (Spring)
  • BSAD 301 - Principles of Management
  • BSAD 305 - Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management
  • BSAD 310 - Human Resource Management
  • EADM 307 - Legal Issues in Emergency and Disaster Management (Spring)
  • HSMB/NURS 302 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (Spring)
  • JUST 345 - Comparative Justice Systems
  • JUST 350 - Victimization

In order to receive an LEST degree, at least 45 Upper Level (U/L) Credits must be completed.

In order to graduate with a SUNY Canton degree, at least 30 credits must be completed by courses offered through SUNY Canton.

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Legal Studies
Alexander Lesyk
Curriculum Coordinator
315-386-7517
lesyka@canton.edu