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Legal Studies

Program Description

Created for the aspiring paralegals, legal assistants, court or other judicial administrators and ideal for pre-law, this program even includes the ABA-approved paralegal certificate if the necessary courses are completed.         

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average, which will result in about 64,600 new jobs. The median annual wage for legal occupations was $76,860 in May 2014, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $35,540.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024


$114,970 per year

6% (43,800 more jobs)

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

$48,350 per year

8% (21,200 more jobs)

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

$57,180 per year

8% (900 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Criminal Justice
Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 319

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Legal Studies concentration includes:

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

JUST 1150

Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

Overview of the United States criminal justice system; students develop a general understanding of the dynamic nature of the criminal justice system's response to crime in society, including the roles of law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice systems.

JUST 1270

Introduction to the American Legal System

Overview of the major principles and functions of the United States legal system, including an introduction to Constitutional and statutory provisions, the American judicial system, legal vocabulary, and the dynamic impact of contemporary civil and criminal legal issues on American society.

JUST 3740

Law Office Management

Examination of various aspects of managing a law office, including management theories, organization of different types of law offices, office systems and procedures, computerized systems and personnel management.

JUST 4602

Legal Research

Detailed study of legal bibliography, law library research and case and text analysis, resulting in the supervised production of legal research assignments.

JUST 4622

Legal Writing

Detailed study of writing skills and preparation of legal documents including legal briefs and memoranda of law. Integrates legal research and analysis skills to produce legal documents and effective legal communication.

JUST 4650

Civil Litigation

A study of the legal steps involved in the preparation of a civil case at law, efforts towards non-judicial settlement, trial and post-trial considerations, and general civil law matters.

JUST 4660

Court and Judicial Administration

Historical and contemporary perspectives of the field of court management at the state and local levels. Administrative and management issues concerning trial courts, the state court system and the federal court system are analyzed.

JUST 4710

Alternative Dispute Resolution (WI)

Examination of the various aspects of alternative dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Legal requirements and skills are explored in the context of conflict diagnosis, process selection, and resolution.

JUST 4800

Paralegal Studies/Legal Ethics

Survey of the occupational field of the paralegal (legal assistant) including ethics, law office management, legal research, law libraries, overview of administrative law, criminal and civil law, employment discrimination, and career opportunities.

JUST 4813

Computer Application Law

Introduction to software commonly used in law offices, including spreadsheets, databases and case management software and review of word processing applications. Includes instruction in use of internet and computer-assisted legal research. Enrollment limited to 30.

JUST 4000

Quantitative Methods

This course introduces the basic principles and quantitative methods to address real world problems in criminal justice. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications in Justice and Public Safety. Basic quantitative methods, including probability, descriptive statistics, inferences for means and proportions, regression and other quantitative methods are presented.

ENGL 3060

Business and Professional Writing

The essential skills of written communication in a business environment, such as report writing, letters and other modes of business communication. This is a writing intensive course.

ORGL 2930

Values and Ethics in Leadership

Writing-intensive course.