Law and Legal Studies

LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES MINOR AT A GLANCE

The minor in Law and Legal Studies offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of law. This is an academic program, not a professional training program, emphasizing the social, cultural and philosophical foundations and impacts of law and legal systems. It is designed for Pre-Law students and for a broad array of students from across the UTA campus who are interested in the relationship of law to society and culture.

Upon completion of the Law & Legal Studies minor, students will have developed the following knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes applicable towards the study and practice of law:

  • Analyze judicial opinions and apply court precedent to new issues arising in both every day practical transactions and within the court system;
  • Effectively and persuasively communicate simple and complex ideas at a level consistent with those attempting to pursue a law degree;
  • Demonstrate logical and reasoning abilities consistent with that required by the Law School Admissions Test;
  • Clearly define the role of attorneys within the American Judicial System and attorney interactions in society through various legal actions;
  • Identify a legal issue, research judicial opinion and effectively identify a likely outcome in a court of law; and
  • Communicate professionally and efficiently in writing in any corporate and legal professional setting.

For additional information, visit https://www.uta.edu/prelaw/.

Course Descriptions

REQUIRED COURSES (18 Credit Hours of Required Coursework)

Oral Advocacy (take all three)
HIST 3391MOOT COURT3
CRCJ 4302MOCK TRIAL l (Mock Trial I)3
CRCJ 4303MOCK TRIAL II (Mock Trial II)3
Advanced Writing (Choose at least one of these courses)
HIST 3300INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH3
ENGL 3371ADVANCED EXPOSITION3
ENGL 4371ADVANCED ARGUMENTATION3
ENGL 4349ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: CREATIVE NON-FICTION3
Experiential Learning Courses (choose at least one of these courses)
HIST 4391UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE COURSE3
POLS 4393PREPARING FOR CAREERS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE3
DS 4395DISABILITY STUDIES INTERNSHIP3
WOMS 4393WOMEN'S STUDIES INTERNSHIP3
Elective Courses (choose at least three of the following courses - two of those courses must be 3000- or 4000-level courses)
CRCJ 4301THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM3
BLAW 4310BASIC INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR BUSINESS3
PHIL 3319BIOMEDICAL ETHICS3
HIST 4359BRITISH CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY3
SPAN 4341BUSINESS AND LEGAL TRANSLATION3
PHIL 3324BUSINESS ETHICS3
BLAW 3311LAW I3
BLAW 3312LAW II3
COMM 3310COMMUNICATION LAW & ETHICS3
HIST 4333COMPARATIVE CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY3
PHIL 1304CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS3
CRCJ 3371CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION3
CRCJ 2340CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION3
ECON 3335ECONOMICS OF PUBLIC POLICIES3
BCOM 3360EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION3
POLS 4392SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE Topic must be approved by Law and Legal Studies Advisor3
PHIL 2312ETHICS3
BIOL 4352FORENSIC BIOLOGY3
CRCJ 4343FORENSIC EXPERT TESTIMONY3
PSYC 3308FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY3
PHIL 1301FUNDAMENTALS OF REASONING3
THEA 1303FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION3
GEOL 1330GLOBAL WARMING3
HIST 4330GREAT ANGLO-AMERICAN TRIALS3
DS 3307HISTORY OF DISABILITY3
or HIST 3307 HISTORY OF DISABILITY
HIST 3325IMMIGRATION IN UNITED STATES HISTORY3
SPAN 4344INTERPRETING IN LEGAL SETTINGS3
CRCJ 3370INTRODUCTION TO FORENSICS3
POLS 3330JUDICIAL BEHAVIOR AND THE JUDICIAL PROCESS3
POLS 3333JURISPRUDENCE3
CRCJ 3338JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEMS3
ECON 3305LAWS AND ECONOMICS3
BLAW 3310LEGAL AND ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS3
PHIL 2311LOGIC3
BIOL 4355METHODS IN FORENSIC BIOLOGY3
GEOL 2406NATURAL RESOURCES & SUSTAINABILITY4
PHIL 3320PHILOSOPHY OF LAW3
PHIL 3318THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY3
SOCI 4331RACE, ETHNICITY & FAMILY FORMATION3
BLAW 3314REAL ESTATE LAW3
BIOL 3331SERVICE LEARNING3
SOCI 3332SOCIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION3
SOCI 3331SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY3
POLS 4332U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS3
POLS 4331U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: GOVERNMENT POWER3
HIST 3331U.S. LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY, 1877 TO PRESENT3
HIST 3330U.S. LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY, COLONIAL TO 18773
SOCI 3356WOMEN, WORK AND SOCIAL CHANGE3