Welcome to the Legal Studies Program

The Legal Studies Program provides students an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and think critically about the law. Our faculty members have diverse backgrounds and interests. Legal Studies faculty are dedicated teachers and are actively involved in exciting research and service to the community. The Legal Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. Students can also earn a minor in Legal Studies/Pre–Law.

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Students in the Legal Studies Program enjoy small class sizes and high–quality faculty dedicated to providing an outstanding education. There are opportunities to conduct research, complete internships, and participate in student organizations.

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The UWF Legal Studies Program provides students with a broad understanding of basic principles of law and the role and function of the legal system. The focus is on fundamental legal knowledge, skills and ethical principles. It hones important tools such as critical thinking and analysis that are valuable in almost any job after graduation. While no specific major is prescribed for admission to law school, many pre-law students elect to major in legal studies. In addition to preparing students for law-related careers, the Legal Studies Program provides a foundation for law school or other graduate education. All of the full-time Legal Studies faculty members are attorneys who are graduates of ABA-Approved law schools and are available for law school advising. Pre-law students are encouraged to work closely with Legal Studies Faculty in planning their program of study.

For specific program requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.

Legal Studies Academic Learning CompactLegal-Studies-ALC (PDF)

Download the Legal Studies Curriculum Map: Legal-Studies-CMUG (PDF)


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UWF and Stetson Law Partnership

The University of West Florida and Stetson University College of Law have partnered to offer 3+3 and 4+3 programs, starting in August 2015, that will allow aspiring attorneys to reduce the time they spend working toward a law degree.

Read more about the UWF and Stetson Law Partnership

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TheBestSchools.org Names UWF to 25 Best List

TheBestSchools.org (TBS) has named the UWF Legal Studies Program to its list of the 25 Best Bachelor in Legal Studies Degree Programs in the country. TBS selected our degree program based on academic excellence, faculty strength, range of courses provided, awards, rankings, and reputation.

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