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Introduction:

The Legal Studies track is designed to help students prepare for a career in law or the legal world. Core skills here will help you develop the experience needed to succeed at law school, or in the legal community, or in writing legal agreements in government and in the private sector.  Courses include constitutional law, international law, and jurisprudence.

Menu for Legal Studies Major Track/Political Science (links):

  1. (link) Major Requirements for the Legal Studies Track.
  2. (link) Core Skills to Develop: Program Outcomes:
  1. Understand Political Science and Its major Subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy.
  2. Demonstrate advanced understanding of one of the five Professional Tracks that will lead to your career after graduation: Political Strategy, Legal Studies, Global Development, Research & Analysis, International Strategy and Diplomacy.
  3. Employ Rigorous Research Methods of research design and analysis to answer political questions, including multiple research methodologies.
  4. Write and Speak with Originality and Clarity, providing reasons and evidence to support claims using proper citation of source material.
  5. Think Critically and Analytically about politics, government, political processes, and political theories, including the components of a good society.
  6. Collaborate Effectively with others, including participation in political processes and engagement on issues of political importance.
  • (link) Post Graduate Work or Study Options
  • (link) Mentors in Legal Studies
  • (link) Job Tracks for Legal Studies Majors
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    1. (Link) Major Requirements for Legal Studies Track (in addition to the University General Education requirements) (30 hours total):
      1. Complete three (3) classes from requirement one (link), introduction to the major
      2. Complete one (1) course from requirement two (link)
      3. Complete one (1) course from requirement three (link)
      4. Complete one (1) course from requirement four (Poli 200 Political Inquiry) (link)
      5. Complete one (1) course from requirement five, research project (link)
      6. Complete one (2) courses from requirement six, analytical and professional skills (Poli 328 plus one more course from the list) (link)
      7. Complete fifteen (15) hours from requirement seven, your Professional Track: as follows: (link)
      8. Complete six (6) hours from requirement eight (upper level courses)(link)
      9. 27 hours of political science courses must be taken in residency at BYU (BYU Independent Study courses do not meet this requirement). These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
      10. Poli 101R and 297R do not count toward the major or any minor offered by the department.
      11. Only 6 hours of Poli 399R (internship credit) may count toward the major.
      12. No cooperative education (internship) credit from other universities or colleges will be accepted toward the major.
      13. All students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. Established programs are available through Washington Seminar, Utah State Legislature, or the Kennedy Center.
      14. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the American Government and/or Comparative Government AP exams may substitute AP credit for Poli 110 or Poli 150, respectively.
      15. We strongly encourage students to take Poli 298R, a career lecture series course.

        i.              Complete THREE courses (9 credit hours) from the following list:

        History 392 US Constitutional History

        Poli 278 Applied Statistics for Public Policy/Law

        Poli 364 Jurisprudence (Phil 416 may be used in place of Poli 364 – See academic advisor)

        Poli 373 International Law

        Poli 393R Topics in Legal Studies

        Poli 420 Constitutional Law, American Federal System

        Poli 421 Constitutional Law, Rights and Immunities

        Poli 422 Interests and Ideas in the American Founding

        ii.             Complete 6 additional credit hours from requirement 1 or from the following list: (up to 3 credits of Student Development courses can count)

        Poli 315 Congress and the Legislative Process

        Poli 331 Politics and Public Policy

        Poli 334 Public Ethics

        Poli 336 Government and Religion

        Poli 342 Gender and Politics

        Poli 365 Early American Political Thought, 1620-1865

        Poli 366 Modern American Political Thought, 1865-Present

        Poli 375 International Organizations

        Poli 461 The Federalist Papers

        Poli 473 Human Rights

        Poli 391 Adv. Seminar on Current Issues (recommended)

        Poli 399R Academic Internship (recommended)

    Student Development 168R, 260, 261, 364, 365, 368R or 496R

    OPTION 7.3 Complete 2 groups

    LEGAL STUDIES TRACK:

    GROUP 7.3.1 Complete 3 courses

    Note: Phil 416 (Philosophy of Law) may be used in place of Poli 364. See your academic advisor for more information. Also, Poli 278 will not double count with the Analytical and Professional Skills requirement above.

    HIST 392 - U.S. Constitutional History3.0

    POLI 278 - Applied Statistics for Public Policy and Law3.0

    POLI 364 - Jurisprudence3.0

    POLI 373 - International Law3.0

    POLI 393R - Topics in Legal Studies3.0

    POLI 420 - Constitutional Law - American Federal System3.0

    POLI 421 - Constitutional Law - Rights and Immunities3.0

    POLI 422 - Interests and Ideas in the American Founding3.0

    GROUP 7.3.2 Complete 1 selection

    SELECTION 7.3.2.1 Complete 6.0 hours from the following course(s)

    HIST 392 - U.S. Constitutional History3.0

    PHIL 416 - Philosophy of Law3.0

    POLI 315 - Congress and the Legislative Process3.0

    POLI 331 - Politics and Public Policy3.0

    POLI 334 - Public Ethics3.0

    POLI 336 - Government and Religion3.0

    POLI 342 - Gender and Politics3.0

    POLI 364 - Jurisprudence3.0

    POLI 365 - Early American Political Thought: 1620-18653.0

    POLI 366 - Modern American Political Thought: 1865-Present3.0

    POLI 373 - International Law3.0

    POLI 375 - International Organizations3.0

    POLI 393R - Topics in Legal Studies3.0

    POLI 420 - Constitutional Law - American Federal System3.0

    POLI 421 - Constitutional Law - Rights and Immunities3.0

    POLI 422 - Interests and Ideas in the American Founding3.0

    POLI 461 - Federalist Papers3.0

    POLI 473 - Human Rights3.0

    SELECTION 7.3.2.2 Complete 2 alternatives

    ALTERNATIVE 7.3.2.2.1 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)

    HIST 392 - U.S. Constitutional History3.0

    PHIL 416 - Philosophy of Law3.0

    POLI 315 - Congress and the Legislative Process3.0

    POLI 331 - Politics and Public Policy3.0

    POLI 334 - Public Ethics3.0

    POLI 336 - Government and Religion3.0

    POLI 342 - Gender and Politics3.0

    POLI 364 - Jurisprudence3.0

    POLI 365 - Early American Political Thought: 1620-18653.0

    POLI 366 - Modern American Political Thought: 1865-Present3.0

    POLI 373 - International Law3.0

    POLI 375 - International Organizations3.0

    POLI 393R - Topics in Legal Studies3.0

    POLI 420 - Constitutional Law - American Federal System3.0

    POLI 421 - Constitutional Law - Rights and Immunities3.0

    POLI 422 - Interests and Ideas in the American Founding3.0

    POLI 461 - Federalist Papers3.0

    POLI 473 - Human Rights3.0

    ALTERNATIVE 7.3.2.2.2 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)

    Note: Up to 3 hours of StDev can count for the Legal Studies track.

    STDEV 168R - Law Lecture Series1.0

    STDEV 260 - Constitutional Research1.0

    STDEV 261 - The Law in Literature2.0

    STDEV 364 - Mediation Techniques and Practices3.0

    STDEV 365 - Legal Education and Practice2.0

    STDEV 368R - Prelaw Review Journal Writing2.0

    STDEV 496R - Advanced Legal Internship3.0v