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Legal Studies

Program Overview

Are you going to law school, or planning on a career in a field affected by government regulation? Central Michigan University's legal studies minor will give you insights you'll draw on for years to come. You'll learn to write briefs, solve basic legal problems and how the U.S. legal system works—valuable knowledge for almost every major.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: N/A
Credit Hours: 21

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

When you work at a business regulated by government, you need to know how the rules and laws affect you. And when you work at a regulatory agency, you need to know how the law affects others.

You'll gain those insights as a legal studies minor at CMU. By the time you graduate, you will:

  • Understand legal institutions and legal processes.
  • Know what law is and why we have it.
  • Solve basic legal problems and brief cases.

If you're planning to go to law school, you'll get an introduction to concepts you'll need to master, such as contracts and torts. If you're studying business, economics, history or political science, you'll combine knowledge in history, justice, problem solving and ethics to add to your understanding of your major.

And no matter what you're majoring in, you'll benefit by learning to think critically and creatively.

Program Highlights

The legal studies minor complements a wide range of majors.

  • Writing-intensive classes will sharpen your logic, analysis and critical thinking.
  • Learn how the law has treated diverse groups and people of the U.S.
  • Ideal as a pre-law program, or valuable preparation for many other careers.
  • Join one of our student organizations including the Mock Trial Association to develop your public speaking and critical thinking skills or the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity to network, prepare for the LSAT and law school applications, and visit law schools.

Careers & Outcomes

A legal studies minor can lead to careers in finance, sales and the law.

Career Projected Salary
Paralegals/Legal Assistants $56,230
Real Estate Agent $48,770
Court Administrator $77,777

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