Legal Studies (B.S.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Justice Studies

2019-2020 Catalog Year

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Legal Studies prepares graduates for both law school and for careers in legal assisting, paralegal, and other law-related professions. The program is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the legal system as it relates to the law, the courts, clients, and lawyers. The curriculum encompasses both generalist and specialist courses as recommended by the American Bar Association. The core curriculum provides a solid foundation of legal, ethical, technical, and communication skills. Subsequent to completion of the core, students have an opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest by taking elective coursework in the areas of litigation, wills, trusts and estates, real estate, family law, criminal law, and international law.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (See
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.

Program Requirements

  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites

  3. Required Courses in the Major (21 credits*)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    CJL 4064 Constitutional Crim. Procedure (3)
    PLA 1003 Introduction to Law (3)*
    PLA 3116 Legal Research & Writing (3)
    PLA 3277 Torts (3)
    PLA 3428 Contracts (3)
    PLA 3703 Professional Ethics (3)
    CCJ 4934 Senior Seminar (3)
    *This Course is waived for students with an AS in legal studies or paralegal assisting from a Florida public community college. This waiver reduces the total required hours in this category to 18.

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major  (12 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Select 9 credits from any of the following:
    PLA 3205 Courtroom Techniques (3)
    PLA 3240 Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
    PLA 3436 Business Organizations (3)
    PLA 3764 Law Office Management (3)
    PLA 3806 Family Law Issues (3)
    PLA 4570 Globalization and The Rule of Law (3)
    PLA 4605 Wills, Trusts & Estates (3)
    PLA 4616 Real Estate Transactions (3)
    PLA 4885 Constitutional Law (3)

    Select 3 credits from any of the following:
    PHI 3130 Logic (3)
    3000-4999 course(s)* with any of the following prefixes: PLA**,CCJ**, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL**, CPO, INR, PAD, POS, POT, PUP, ASL, COM, ENC, OR SPC

    **Courses used to fulfill required courses in the major cannot also be used to fulfill restricted electives.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives (variable)


The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 4/8/2020.