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If you love research, fact-finding and bringing the truth to light, a degree in legal studies from UWF may be for you. We will prepare you for law school or a law-related position and connect you with local law firms and law schools to help further your career after graduation.

Why Pursue Legal Studies at UWF?

Our program is ranked as a Top 10 Legal Studies program nationwide both by CollegeChoice.net and by Affordable Schools.

In addition to preparing you for law-related careers, our program provides a foundation for law school or other graduate education. All of our full-time faculty members are attorneys who are graduates of ABA-approved law schools and available for law school advising.

We offer small class sizes and highly qualified faculty. You will have ample opportunities to conduct research and take part in internships.

What You Will Learn

The legal studies program focuses on the skills you need to succeed in law school. We focus on learning through doing, using real-world simulations and exercises.

You will learn how to "think like a lawyer" and dissect cases and statutes. The skills you learn will prepare you for the rigors of the first year of law school or for success as a paralegal.

We will share the mechanics of practicing law and the basics of civil litigation and criminal law practice. You will learn research skills, ethical awareness and, above all, persuasive writing and oral advocacy.

We sponsor several law-themed initiatives designed to give you first-hand experience in practicing law, including an organized mock trial team and in-class contract simulations and oral arguments. We offer numerous annual events, including a Careers in the Law Panel, where local judges, attorneys and paralegals speak on their respective careers, and a Law School Forum, where representatives from up to 30 law schools come to campus to talk to students.

Legal Studies Rankings

Careers & Outcomes

Below are common job titles for legal studies graduates, as well as examples of internship sites and where our alumni work.

Job Titles


  • Attorney/Lawyer
  • Investigator
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Labor Relations Director
  • Contract Administrator
  • Court Clerk
  • Legislative Liaison
  • Litigation Analyst
  • Human Resources

Employers


  • Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, PA
  • Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz
  • Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon
  • Lois Lepp, PA
  • Quinnell Law Office
  • Clerk of Court, First Judicial Circuit
  • Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA
  • Michles & Booth, PA

Internships

  • First Judicial Circuit Court
  • Beggs and Lane
  • Legal Services of North Florida
  • Emerald Coast Legal Aid
  • Law Offices of Aaron Watson
  • UWF General Counsel
  • Taylor, Warren, Weidner and Hancock, P.A.

Additional Information

A Faster Way to Earn a J.D.

UWF partners with Stetson University College of Law and Florida State University College of Law to offer programs that allow aspiring attorneys to reduce the time they spend working toward a law degree.

The 3+3 program allows high-performing students to earn their bachelor’s and juris doctor (J.D.) degrees in six years, rather than the traditional seven. Students will spend three years at UWF and three years at either Stetson University College of Law or FSU College of Law. Students accepted into the program will be paired with a law student, faculty or alumni mentor and are eligible for scholarship consideration.

Under Stetson's 4+3 program, students who meet program requirements are automatically admitted to Stetson's J.D. program upon completion of their bachelor's degree. These students receive a generous partial tuition scholarship.

UWF and FSU Law Partnership

Internships

Internships give you the chance to apply your education to real-world situations. They are important additions to your resume and can boost your application for graduate education and professional schools.
 

I chose the Legal Studies program because the classes are tailored to give you an advantage in law school. You will learn how to write legal citations, conduct legal research and write a trial brief. You will also be given the opportunity to volunteer at pro bono clinics and intern at a law firm. But, most importantly, you will be surrounded by professors who will do anything to help you succeed.

Halle Diaz
'19, J.D. candidate, University of Alabama School of Law

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Legal Studies program.

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