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Quick Facts

2014 - Year the department and college hosted the American Mock Trial Association's National Championship Mock Trial Tournament in Orlando (on April 11-13, 2014)

~40% - Percentage of legal studies graduates accepted into law school within two years following graduation (about 38% actually matriculate)

~740 - Number of legal studies majors in spring 2014, making the program one of the largest of its kind in the country, with approximately 40 substantive law classes from which to chose

9 - Number of books under contract or published by just two legal studies faculty members (Beckman and Bast) in the last nine years

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities for graduates in legal studies are unlimited. Graduates can become paralegals, administrators, program directors or elected officials, or they may go on to law school to become an attorney.

In addition to speaking with an adviser, any of the books listed below might help students decide on a career in legal studies:

  • DeLucia, Robert C. and Thomas J. Doyle. (1998). Career Planning in Legal Studies Cincinnati, OH: Anderson.
  • Harr, J. Scott, and Karen M. Hess. (2000). Seeking Employment in Legal Studies and Related Fields, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • Justice Research Association. (2000). Your Legal Studies Career, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hal.
  • Stephens, W. Richard, Jr. (1999). Careers in Legal Studies, Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

What can I do with a degree in legal studies?

Many occupations today require college-educated individuals who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate as much to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills as your specific academic major.

Legal studies is the study of the effective implementation of law and legal procedures as well as the relationship of laws to the safety and protection of life and property. Legal services are more concerned with research and support related to the understanding and interpretation of law, legal procedures and practices.

For additional information please contact the Department of Legal Studies at


LS Highlights
  • Daniel Friedline
    As an environmental studies student, Daniel Friedline (’13) took PLA 4554 – Environmental Law taught by Mark Woodlock, a legal studies adjunct instructor and practicing lawyer. The course had a great impact on Friedline, who is now working as an environmental specialist for the city of Orlando. Friedline recently wrote Woodlock, “As your student, I was able to learn and better appreciate environmental acts and regulations created by our government as a way of protecting this great nation. Now, I ensure that the many regulations created by the nation and state are followed to protect our beautiful Florida. It is my duty to ensure that businesses and residents operating and living in Orlando adhere to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. I truly love my job and can say that your class and teaching helped push me to where I am today.”