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2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Legal Studies, BS (Continuing Studies)

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120 semester hours of credit required for degree

Students enrolled in this ABA-approved program are provided the maximum opportunity to become educated in the theory, philosophy, and ethical practice law. They become well versed in civil and criminal law, legal writing, and procedure and may  concentrated on a particular area of law through the choice of legal electives. The legal skills acquired through this program enable graduates to assist attorneys in all phases of private and public law practice. Graduates of this program may serve as legals to attorneys in law firms, in corporate offices, and on the legal staffs of various government agencies. Paralegals do not exercise independent legal judgment and do not render legal advice or opinions, set fees, accept cases, or appear in court. They work under the supervision and direction of attorneys. Paralegal studies graduates become proficient in numerous areas, including document preparation, legal research and writing, civil procedure, case file maintenance, and law office management. Students completing this program are awarded both a bachelor of science degree and an ABA-approved legal certificate of completion. See also Legal Studies Program (LSP) information.

Distribution Requirements

All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in each of the three areas of humanities, social science, and science/mathematics. A Semester hour consists of one hour per week in a classroom per semester or two to three hours in laboratory or fieldwork per semester. This requirement is based on the conviction that a baccalaureate degree represents more than expertise in a specific field. Students broaden themselves by taking courses in academic areas that have traditionally been at the heart of an undergraduate  education. Students should work closely with advisors in selecting courses appropriate to their interests and academic needs.

Courses taken on pass/no pass basis may not be used to satisfy the university distribution requirement. Both semester-long and certain module courses may be used to satisfy distribution requirements.

The Following Subject Areas Satisfy Distribution Requirements:


art history
creative writing
English (excluding ENGL 100 , ENGL 101 , ENGL 111 )
modern language

Science and Mathematics

computer science (excluding CSCI 101 –124)
earth and space science
enviromental science
mathematics (excluding MATH 101 –110)
PSY 355 
science (excluding SCI 100 )

Social Science

criminal justice
economics (EC 201, EC 202  only)
communication studies (COMS 130 , COMS 180 , COMS 275 , COMS 290 , COMS 390 )
political science
psychology (excluding PSY 381, 382, 383, 384, PSY 385 , PSY 395 , PSY 409 , PSY 410 , 419, PSY 423 )
social science (excluding SSCI 409, 410)

Depending on the major, specific courses may be required within each of the three areas.

Major Requirements

Requirements for students majoring in allied health, legal studies, and professional and applied studies—Any courses may be selected from among the three areas of humanities, science and mathematics, and social science, resulting in the completion of 12 semester hours in each area. One humanities course must be 300 level or higher. One social science course must be 200 level or higher. Students must complete a 3- or 4-credit mathematics course, MATH 111  or higher. Students who intend to go on to graduate studies in business should take EC 201 and EC 202  as one of the social science and one of the free electives. Allied health and professional studies majors are also required to complete ASC 401 . Professional studies majors must take one social science or humanities course with a global focus.

General Education Goals

By completing these requirements, students at Widener fulfill the university’s general education goals, which state:

  • Students communicate effectively.
  • Students use quantitative methods effectively.
  • Students understand the world from multiple perspectives.
  • Students cultivate an awareness of themselves and their role within the human community.
  • Students cultivate an awareness of their relationship to the natural world.
  • Students understand ethical theories and how to apply them personally and professionally.
  • Students understand and apply methods of inquiry and interpretation.
  • Students think critically.

Moreover, graduates become liberally educated, possessing knowledge beyond the boundaries of a chosen field or discipline.


See Course Descriptions  for required prerequisites and corequisites

General Education (21 Credits)

See General Education Requirements .

  • Humanities area courses 6 Credit(s)
  • Science/mathematics area courses 12 Credit(s)
  • Social science area courses 3 Credit(s)

Electives (42 Credits)

  • LSP electives 21 Credit(s)
  • History elective 3 Credit(s)
  • Free electives 18 Credit(s)

Total Credits: 120

Note: Student must take at least ten credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at http://Catalog.widener.edu.

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