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Students may earn a Certificate in Legal Studies at University of Detroit Mercy. This certificate was developed by the Unviersity's advisory committee for the Pre-Law Program.

Requirements for the Certificate in Legal Studies (24 Credits)

LST 2000* Introduction to Legal Studies
(includes a legal research skills component)
3 credits
POL 2100 American Politics 3 credits

Cross-Listed as POL 2010 and LEGA 1100

One course from each of the following four component areas of the certificate program:

Skills for the Legal Profession

CST 3170 Argumentation 3 credits
CST 4020 Audience Analysis 3 credits
ENL 2020 Writing Across the Curriculum 3 credits
LEGA 2800 Legal Research and Analysis I
3 credits
PHL 1400 Topics in Critical Thinking 3 credits
PHL 1500 Critical Thinking 3 credits
PHL 2500 Symbolic Logic 3 credits
POL 2800 Legal Research 3 credits

History and Content of the Law

HIS 2500 United States History to 1877 3 credits
HIS 2510 United States Since 1877 3 credits
HIS 3300 England to 1485 3 credits
HIS 4660 American Constitutional and Legal History
3 credits
POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law 3 credits

Theoretical Foundations of Law

PHL 2400 Topics in Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3010 Social and Political Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 4240 Philosophy of Law
3 credits
POL 3800 Elements of Political Thought 3 credits

Law in Society

BUS 2310 Business Law
3 credits
BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership, and Social Responsibility 3 credits
CST 3010 Communication Law 3 credits
CJS 4510 Criminology and Penology 3 credits
ECN 4305 History of Economic Thought 3 credits
ECN 4460 Money and Capital Markets 3 credits
ECN 4350 Economic History of United States
3 credits
ETH 3590 Ethics and Public Policy 3 credits
HIS 3550 The United States Since 1945 3 credits
HUS 4100 Law and the Citizen 3 credits
POL 2020 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 credits
POL 3100 Women and Politics 3 credits
POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality 3 credits
RELS 2400 Social Ethics 3 credits
RELS 3430 Ethics and Economic Theories 3 credits
RELS 3480 Justice: Contemporary Issues
and Theories
3 credits
SOC 2120 Black America Social Relations
and Social Institutions
3 credits
SOC 3350 Urban Issues and Problems 3 credits
SOC 4300 Ethnic and Race Relations 3 credits

Elective (3 credits):
Students must select one course from any of the component areas.

Capstone (3 credits):
Requires LST 4990 or POL 4990.

Additional Requirements:
Students may take no more than 12 credit hours in any one department (e.g. CST, HIS, PHL, POL).

At least 12 credit hours must be taken at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Students must complete 10 hours of community service. (These hours may be fulfilled in courses such as POL 2100.)

The Pre-Law Committee emphasizes that there is no required undergraduate major for law school; rather, students should choose an academically rigorous major that is both of interest to them, and that devLegal Studelops their skills in critical reading, writing and thinking. Students who plan to attend law school are advised by the Association of American Law Schools to develop basic skills and insights rather than follow any pre-set pre-law program. Law schools urge an undergraduate education that emphasizes:

  1. Reading comprehension skills. Reading both case law and statutes requires the ability to distinguish and understand the component parts of complex claims and definitions.
  2. Critical writing skills. The wide variety of forms of writing used in the law all require clear and concise writing skills, and presuppose proficiency with standard English grammar, punctuation and syntax.
  3. Critical thinking skills. In both its oral and written formats, the practice of law requires skill at argumentation. Distinguishing a claim from the reasons given in support of it, as well as identifying and analyzing the arguments given in judicial decisions, are essential skills in the practice of law.
  4. Understanding and analysis of the human institutions and values that are central to the law. Classes that offer insight into the historical development of the law, its impact on other aspects of human life and the values it reflects are suggested.

Regardless of the choice of undergraduate major, students planning on law school should choose academically rigorous courses (particularly in the liberal arts) that develop all of the skills listed above. Juniors and seniors should choose 3000- or 4000- level courses for their electives, in addition to the upper division courses required by the student's major.

Pre-Law Committee

  • Associate Professor Robert Berg: 248-467-4097
  • Dr. Vivian Dicks: 313-993-3286
  • Dr. Stephen Manning: 313-993-1087
  • Dr. Elizabeth Oljar: 313-993-3388
  • Dr. James Tubbs: 313-578-0355
  • Assistant Professor Charles Wilson: 313-578-0364

Program Contact Information
Program Director: Stephen Manning, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 234
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1087
Fax: 313-993-1166
Email: mannings@udmercy.edu

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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