Law (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Law provides students with an undergraduate legal education that teachers legal reasoning, substantive law, critical analysis, and professional ethics. The Bachelor of Law provides undergraduate law students with core competencies and skills required for all law-related work. Required law courses are taught by faculty with the appropriate terminal degrees who have both formal legal training and practical experience teaching law and legal reasoning.

This program prepares students for careers in law firms, legal departments of banks, insurance companies, land title insurance companies, corporate legal departments, legal aid offices, public defender offices, the office of the prosecuting attorney, and municipal legal departments.

To graduate from the program, students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete all courses required in the program;
  • Perform legal research and analysis by using legal research material;
  • Draft and prepare legal documents;
  • Identify and explain the various functions performed by various legal professionals;
  • Explain the role of the paralegal in the legal profession;
  • Identify ethical issues, rules and standards that a paralegal must follow when working under an attorney's supervision (a paralegal's conduct is expected to conform to these ethical standards);
  • Perform the functions of a paralegal under the supervision of a practicing attorney.

Paralegals are not permitted to practice law in the state of Missouri. Only attorneys who are licensed in the state by the state Supreme Court are permitted to practice law.

Students who choose this bachelor degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42
Major Requirements
CRJ 260Criminal Law3
CRJ 410Criminal Procedure3
GBA 211Business Law I3
GBA 311Business Law II3
LAT 101Introduction to Law3
LAT 115Paralegal Studies3
LAT 220Legal Research3
LAT 225Litigation3
LAT 250Legal Computer Applications3
LAT 310Legal Drafting3
LAT 335Interpersonal Conflict Resolution3
LAT 400Advanced Legal Research3
LAT 420Civil Rights Law3
PHL 230Ethics3
or PHL 232 Business Ethics
PSC 110American State and Local Government3
PSC 210Comparative Political Systems3
Applied Learning Experience Requirement (3 credit hours from one of the following. Additional hours may be used as Restricted Electives)
Practicum I
Independent Research/Project
Independent Research/Project
Independent Research/Project
Choice of a second major, minor, approved certification or twelve (12) credit hours of restricted electives from the following: 12
United States Constitutional History
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Law
Study Away in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Domestic Relations
Introduction to Philosophy
Reasoning and Argumentation
Selected Topics in Philosophy
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Interest Group Politics
International Organizations
Congressional Politics and Process
Law and Politics
Peace and Justice in Post-Conflict Societies
Restricted electives may also be met with credit from an approved 3+3 law school program or with approved undergraduate credit from a foreign university.

Note: Students desiring to take 500 level courses to satisfy the criminalistics elective must meet the criteria required for undergraduates to enroll in graduate level courses.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. No more than 2 courses with a grade of D permitted in major and concentration coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at lease 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.