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Law and Justice Studies

DEGREE
Bachelor of Science in Law and Justice Studies

CONCENTRATIONS
Legal Studies
Criminal Justice

MINOR
Criminal Justice

CERTIFICATE
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Law and Justice Studies

The mission of the Law and Justices Studies Program at Wesley College is to prepare students for careers in paralegal, criminal justice, and law related fields, as well as for continued studies in graduate or law school. Set within a liberal arts framework, the program is unique in that it educates students in both the American legal and criminal justice systems. Students study a common law and justice core within the major while focusing on a concentration in Legal Studies or Criminal Justice. Additionally, students may take international law or comparative law classes to better prepare them to become responsible members of a global as well as local society. The Law and Justice Program seeks to empower students to work for justice within the civil and criminal legal systems, to instill in them a sense of social responsibility and ethical standards, as well as teach them the knowledge and critical thinking skills to become successful and contributing members of their chosen professions.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • The Legal Studies Concentration is ABA approved
  • Internships are available for qualified students
  • Legal Society
  • Pre-Law advisor

REQUIREMENTS

1. Portfolio of Student Work: Students must submit an approved portfolio of their work to the program director in order to graduate. The requirements for the portfolio are
available from the program director and program advisors.

2. Students must attend all Town Meetings.

3. Internships are not required but are strongly encouraged. Internships require a minimum 2.5 GPA.

4. Students who wish to transfer into the program, either from another institution or another program within Wesley College, must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

5. Legal specialty courses: Students in the Legal Studies Concentration may transfer legal specialty credits from another institution if the program is ABA- approved or in substantial compliance, regionally accredited and otherwise meets the standards established by Wesley College. However a minimum of fifteen semester credit hours of legal specialty courses must be completed at Wesley College before a bachelor degree will be issued. Acceptance of any transfer credit is at the discretion of the Wesley College Registrar and the Law and Justice Studies Program Director.

6. No 100 or 200 level courses may be transferred for 300 or 400 level courses. Acceptance of any transfer credit is at the discretion of the Wesley College Registrar and the Legal Studies Program Director.

7. The following courses have an additional $100.00 lab fee attached to them: LJ 200, LJ 215, LJ 301 and LJ 401.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONCENTRATION
Criminal Justice is a challenging, exciting, and rewarding career. The Criminal Justice concentration within the Law and Justice Studies Program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of areas including law enforcement, juvenile justice, corrections, public safety and other justice and legal related fields. In addition, the Criminal Justice Concentration provides graduates with a firm foundation for continuing their education at the graduate level in Criminal Justice, law school, and other related fields.

Graduates of the Law and Justices Studies Program with a Concentration in Criminal Justice should be able to:

1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice system from initial contact with law enforcement officers through institutional release and/or post release supervision.

2. Read, analyze, and synthesize complex information, including, but not limited to, criminal statutes, codes and ordinances, in an organized and logical manner.

3. Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally.

4. Demonstrate a strong commitment and understanding of ethics and professional responsibility in the field of criminal justice.

LEGAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION
The Legal Studies Concentration within the Law and Justice Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) for the education of paralegals. The ABA defines a legal assistant or paralegal as “a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” In addition to their Bachelor of Science degree, graduates earn a paralegal certificate from the ABA approved program. Graduates work in many areas of the legal field including private law firms, public and private corporations, and for federal, state, and local governments. In addition, the Legal Studies Concentration provides graduates with a firm foundation for continuing their education in law school or in other graduate programs.

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

Graduates of the Law and Justices Studies Program with a Concentration in Legal Studies should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the comprehensive legal knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform substantive legal work under the direction of an attorney.

2. Read, analyze and synthesize complex information, including statutes, case law, and other primary and secondary legal sources, in an organized and logical manner.

3. Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally.

4. Demonstrate a strong commitment and understanding of ethics and professional responsibility in the legal field.

TRANSFER CREDITS
Legal Specialty transfer credits are evaluated on a case by case basis by the Law and Justice Studies Department Chair in consultation with the Registrar of the College unless an articulation agreement; is currently in place with the transfer school. The Registrar is the final authority in all transfer matters. The evaluation shall include a review of the transferring institution’s catalog concerning Legal Specialty courses, course descriptions, course level, number of credit hours and course syllabi. In addition, this evaluation may include a consultation with the instructor and the Department Chair of the transferring institution. The following are basic requirements for transfer credits:
•   NO CLEP tests (College Level Exam Program), challenge exams or DANTES tests are accepted as transfer credits for Legal Specialty courses
•   Not more than two legal specialty courses may be permitted to be transferred under Law and Justice Studies Electives depending on course description, course level, and adaptability to the program at the discretion of the chair and the registrar.
•   Not more than two legal specialty courses under Law and Justice Studies Requirements may be transferred depending on course description, course level, and adaptability to the program at the discretion of the chair and the registrar.
•   Some legal specialty courses may be transferred as a “course of merit”, which is a course that the Wesley College program does not currently offer but the course is worthy to meet an elective or major requirement.
•   Introduction to Law and Legal Research & Writing I may not be accepted for transfer credit. Other methods courses may be transferred at the discretion of the Chair and the instructor.

Core Requirements
Meet the Faculty