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Political Science: Legal Studies

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Why study Political Science and Legal Studies at APSU?

Students interested in a legal career can choose a legal studies concerntration within the political science major. 

What will I learn?

Legal studies students will explore topics such as legal assistance and ethics, introduction to law, torts, legal research, legal writing, civil trial and appellate practice, American Constitutional Law I & II, constitutional analysis, judicial politics & behavior, juvenile law, and family law.    


The Freshman Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

The Pre-Law Society at Austin Peay State University

The Pre-Law Society is a student organization geared towards preparing students for careers in the legal field and law school. Active members of the Pre-Law Society will benefit from LSAT prep, moot court opprtunities, and community service projects. The Pre-Law Society also focuses on the law school admissions process by aiding students in the application process.


The Pre-Law Society fees are $35.00 per academic school year. There are no GPA requirements to become an active member in the Pre-Law Society; however, the President an Vice-President of the Pre-Law Society must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and the Treasurer and Secretary must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.


To join please contact faculty advisor, Dr. Harold Young at youngh@apsu.edu.


What are some career opportunities for legal studies students?


Paralegal/ Legal Assistant

Legislative Assistant

Human Resource Representative

Compliance Officer


Law Enforcement Officer

Real Estate Agent


Law Librarian

Government Relations Officer


University Professor