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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

Scholarships & Financial Aid


The Department of Legal Studies offers the following scholarships for students majoring in legal studies:

  • Margaret M. Samet Memorial Scholarship
    (also available to criminal justice majors)
  • The Mott Law Firm Endowed Scholarship
  • First American Title Insurance Company Scholarship
  • Legal Studies Professional Development and Leadership Scholarship
  • Robert and Pamela Kirby Endowed Scholarship for Legal Studies

Applications for these scholarships are available at the beginning of the fall semester. Pick up a hard copy of the application at the front desk of the College of Health and Public Affairs Dean's Office (HPA I - 335) or download one from the college's website. Check the college's home page ( at the beginning of the semester for application forms and deadlines.

For additional information, contact Millie Erichsen at or

Financial Aid

Financial aid information and application forms may be obtained in the department office and the UCF Financial Aid and Minority Affairs offices.


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.”
  • 3+3 Accelerated Law Programs