Undergraduate Course Catalog

Legal Studies

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, 69 hours

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 

CR HRS

Interdisciplinary major requirements 
Common core, 36 hours

BL
POLS













367
130
141
229
241
242
243
344
342
or
431
369
or
479
445
455
or
457

Principles of Estate Planning
American National Government
Introduction to Paralegalism
Info Tech for Paralegals
Family Law
Legal Research and Writing
Litigation
Adv Legal Research and Writing
Problems in Public Policy (3)

Legislation (3)
Pd Prof Exp in Amer Gov & Law (3)

Pract Exp/Amer Gov & Law (3)
Adv Litigation & Alt Disp Res 
Administrative Law (3)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3


3


3
3


3





36 hrs
Complete one option
Option 1: Public Law, 33 hours

ACC
BL
RE
RMI 

201
260
230
270

Principles of Accounting 1
Principles of Business Law
Real Estate Principles
Principles of Risk Mgt & Ins 

3
3
3
 3 

15 hours from

COMM

POLS










PSYS
RE    
SOC

340
385
237
238
347
408
435
443
444
455
474
475
490
471
332
425

Leadership Communication (3)
Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (3)
State and Local Politics (3)
Urb Gov in United States (3)
Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Topics in Legal Studies (3)
Intergovernmental Relations (3)
American Constitutional Law (3)
Constitutional Liberties (3) 
Administrative Law (3)
Women and Politics (3)
Minority Group Politics (3)
International Law (3)
Psych in the Legal System (3)
Legal Aspects of Real Estate (3)
Sociology of Law (3)

 










15

6 hours from

ACC
CJC
COMM


MGT
MKG
PHIL
RE
RMI
SOC

202
101 
220
320
325
300
300
200
331
473
425

Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
Intro to Criminal Justice (3)
Argumentation and Debate (3)
Persuasion (3)
Interviewing (3)
Managing Behavior in Org (3)
Principles of Marketing (3)
Logic (3)
RE Construction Law & Fin (3)
Insurance Law (3)
Sociology of Law (3)

6





69 hrs
Option 2: Business, 33 hours
Students interested in pursuing this option must complete the following courses before registering for 300- and 400-level business courses.

ACC

BL
ECON


ISOM

201
202
260
201
202
221
135

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

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

12 hours from

BL

BUSA
ECON
FIN
ISOM


MGT

MKG
PHIL
POLS









RE


RMI


SOC

362
363
302
346
300
226
313
415 
300
361
300
200
281
347
408
433
435
443
444
455
474
490
230
331
332
270
330
473
425

Law of Business Associations (3)
Uniform Commercial Code (3)
Career Management (3)
Law and Economics (3)
Principles of Finance (3)
Business Systems App Dev (3)
DB & Info Resource Mgt (3)
Information Systems Management (3)
Managing Behavior in Org (3)
Managing Human Resources (3)
Principles of Marketing (3)
Logic (3)
Econ/Pol Prob of Emerg Ntrs (3)
Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Topics in Legal Studies (3)
The American Judicial System (3)
Intergovernmental Relations (3)
American Constitutional Law (3)
Constitutional Liberties (3)
Administrative Law (3)
Women and Politics (3)
International Law (3)
Real Estate Principles (3)
RE Construction Law & Fin (3)
Legal Aspects of Real Estate (3)
Principles of Risk Mgt & Ins (3)
Employee Benefits & Ret Plan (3)
Insurance Law (3)
Sociology of Law (3)

12





69 hrs
The prerequisite for ISOM 135 is demonstrated proficiency in computer skills. Proficiency may be demonstrated by examination or credit in ISOM 125, CS 104 or the equivalent. ECON 221 requires C or better grade in MATH 111 or a passing grade in MATH 132, 161, 162, 165, or 166 as the prerequisite.