Do you plan to attend law school or to pursue a career that requires an understanding of law and legal issues? The University of Central Missouri’s Legal Studies minor can provide the solid foundation you need. This interdisciplinary minor combines the studies of criminal justice and criminology, political science and business law to prepare you for law school or a multitude of careers with these UCM majors — and others — as their basis:
Complete this flexible minor for the foundational legal studies you need
UCM’s Legal Studies minor provides a well-rounded course of study that is also very flexible. You can complete this minor in two years by taking all of your classes on our Warrensburg campus. We also offer many online courses that you can take wherever you are — for your convenience.
When you choose the University of Central Missouri to provide the foundation of your legal studies, you get a time-tested education, as we’ve offered legal courses since 1962.
Dr. James Staab
Department of Political Science and International Studies
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
The backbone of UCM’s Pre-Law pathway
Enables a legal foundation for any major
Extensive, interdisciplinary curriculum
60+ year history in legal studies
Legal internships available
Mock trial and law-related associations
As the backbone of UCM’s Pre-Law pathway, the Legal Studies minor provides a diverse education if you’re planning to attend law school, conduct international business or become a media legal correspondent, as examples. You’ll take courses in criminal law, business law and the judicial process. Then, you can choose electives focused in your areas of interest, such as:
Due to this minor’s interdisciplinary nature, your courses are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. Many hold Juris Doctor degrees and have real-world experience, which allows them to guide you to the best curriculum for your career goals.
Take advantage of the hands-on learning opportunities offered at the University of Central Missouri. Expand your legal studies outside the classroom with these opportunities and resources:
Like many UCM graduates, you may use the knowledge and skills gained from the Legal Studies minor to succeed in law school. You can join the ranks of UCM alumni who hold these prestigious positions, among others:
If you’re completing one of UCM’s Business Administration degrees, the Legal Studies minor will qualify you for compliance-related positions. It can also help you maintain legal practices in the fields of accounting or finance or navigate the legal system in social work — demonstrating this minor’s value for a variety of fields.
Take advantage of UCM’s partnership with Missouri law schools
While the Legal Studies minor isn’t a direct pathway to law school, it works to prepare you for that next step should you desire pre-law education. We partner with the University of Missouri — Columbia and the University of Missouri — Kansas City to help ensure your acceptance and seamless transfer to their schools of law. Follow our 3+3 program to complete your undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor degree requirements in a total of six years.
Understand your opportunities with a Legal Studies minor
With the varied UCM faculty leading your courses, you’ll have access to experts in their respective fields who can share their experiences as they relate to your career goals. Use the interactive tool below to further understand the potential of a career related to your legal studies.
Your understanding of varied legal aspects and expanded research, writing and communication skills gained with UCM’s Legal Studies minor will enhance your value to employers, no matter your major. Ensure your ability to get this quality education when you explore the means we offer to help finance your undergraduate studies — including loans, grants, work-study opportunities and scholarships.
Explore the scholarships available to Legal Studies students
UCM, in addition to our generous alumni and other supporters, offers various scholarships to assist our students. One opportunity available to Legal Studies minors includes the Robert I. Jaquith Law Scholarship. Awarded each year to an outstanding UCM student who has been accepted to law school, this scholarship is named after the first lawyer to teach in the program — in 1969.
You may qualify for other scholarships depending on your undergraduate major. Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to search for opportunities.
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