Ball State offers a legal studies major for bachelor’s degree students. The legal studies major is a paralegal education program approved by the American Bar Association. Paralegals, as members of the legal services team, work under the supervision of a lawyer. A paralegal may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. The program provides a strong foundation in law-related courses for students who plan to work in the courts, the legislature, or in legal departments of government and business. Students must complete an internship in a professional legal setting. The course of study is also highly recommended for students who wish to attend law school, providing them with skills and resources that will enhance their chances for success. In addition to other university requirements, transfer students must complete at least four of their legal specialty classes of three credits each at Ball State as approved by the program director.

       For more information, call the Department of Political Science at 765-285-8780. 


MAJOR IN LEGAL STUDIES (BA/BS), 69-72 credits

This major prepares students for careers as legal assistants or paralegals. It also provides a strong foundation in law-related courses for students who plan to work in the courts, the legislature or in legal departments of government and business. 

PREFIX 

NO 

SHORT TITLE 

CREDITS

Interdisciplinary major requirements 
Common core, 36 credits

BL
POLS







367
130
141
241
242
243
320
344
445

Principles of Estate Planning
American National Government
Introduction to Legal Studies
Family Law
Legal Research and Writing
Litigation
Tort Law
Adv Legal Research and Writing
Adv Litigat and Alt Disp Res

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3





27 crs
   
3 credits from   
POLS 
342 
or
431
Problems in Public Policy (3) 

Congress (3)


 3 
   
3 credits from   
POLS  369
or
479
or
480 
Pd Prof Exp Amer Gov and Law (3)

Pract Exp Amer Gov and Law (3)

Access to Justice Clinic 
 



3
   
3 credits from   
POLS  250
or
455 
Access to Justice in Legal Sys (3)

Administrative Law (3)


     
36 crs 
Complete one concentration
Concentration 1: Public Law, 33 credits

ACC
BL
POLS
RMI 

201
260
433
270

Principles of Accounting 1
Principles of Business Law
The Judiciary
Principles of Risk Mgt and Ins 

3
3
3
 3 

15 credits from

COMM

POLS









PSYS
RMI   
SOC




SOCW

340
385
237
238
347
408
435
443
444
474
475
490
471
330
221
235
320
421
425
100

Leadership Communication (3)
Rhet of Marginalized Voices (3)
State and Local Politics (3)
Urb Gov in United States (3)
Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Topics in Legal Studies (3)
Intergov Conflict and Coop (3)
American Constitutional Law (3)
Constitutional Liberties (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
International Law (3)
Psych in the Legal System (3)
Employee Benefits and Ret Plan (3)
Intro Race and Ethnic Relat (3)
Sociology of Gender (3)

Social Inequality (3)
Racial and Cultural Minor US (3)
Sociology of Law (3)
Introduction to Social Work (3)

 









15

6 credits from

ACC
CJC
COMM


ECON
MGT
MKG
PHIL
PSYS
RMI
SOC

202
101 
220
320
325
201
300
300
200
100
473
100

Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
Intro to Criminal Justice (3)
Argumentation and Debate (3)
Persuasion (3)
Interviewing (3)
Elementary Microeconomics (3)
Managing Behavior in Org (3)
Principles of Marketing (3)
Symbolic Logic (3)
Intro to Psychological Science (3) 
Insurance Law (3)
Principles of Sociology (3)

6





69 crs
 
Concentration 2: Business, 36 credits
Students interested in pursuing this concentration must complete the following courses before registering for 300- and 400-level business courses.

ACC

BL
ECON


ISOM

201
202
260
201
202
221
125
210

Principles of Accounting 1
Principles of Accounting 2
Principles of Business Law
Elementary Microeconomics
Elementary Macroeconomics
Business Statistics
Micro Apps for Business
Business Information Systems

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

12 credits from

BL
BUSA
CIS


ECON
FIN
MGT
PHIL
POLS








RE

RMI


SOC

363
302
228
313
415
346
300
300
200
281
347
408
433
435
443
444
474
490
230
331
270
330
473
425

Uniform Commercial Code (3)
Career Management (3)
Adv Micro Apps for Business (3)
DB and Info Resource Mgt (3)
Information Systems Management (3)
Law and Economics (3)
Principles of Finance (3)
Managing Behavior in Org (3)
Symbolic Logic (3)
Econ Pol Prob of Emerg Ntns (3)
Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Topics in Legal Studies (3)
The Judiciary (3)
Intergov Conflict and Coop (3)
American Constitutional Law (3)
Constitutional Liberties (3)
Women and Politics (3)
International Law (3)
Real Estate Principles (3)
RE Construction Law and Fin (3)
Principles of Risk Mgt and Ins (3)
Employee Benefits and Ret Plan (3)
Insurance Law (3)
Sociology of Law (3)

12





72 crs
The prerequisite for ISOM 210 is C or better grade in ISOM 125. ECON 221 requires C or better grade in MATH 111, or a passing grade (D- or better) in MATH 132, 161, 162, 165, or 166 and a C or higher grade in ISOM 125 as the prerequisite.