Dec 05, 2022  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
    
USC Catalogue 2022-2023

Legal Studies (BS)


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The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the legal system including the infrastructure, the reasoning process and the substantive commitments that the legal system has made. As future leaders, students in this major will become critical thinkers able to apply and understand various legal concepts in their interaction with real world issues locally, nationally and globally.

This program is particularly appropriate for students interested in pursuing a career that integrates legal concepts with other disciplines or that requires familiarity with extensive aspects of the legal system. It is a major designed for students who are looking to become future leaders in the community, the city, the state, the nation and the world. It is also suitable for students wanting to pursue graduate education in various disciplines, such as economics, humanities, social science, political science, business, health care, public service and many more, and for anyone who wants to obtain a general understanding of the place of law in contemporary society.

General Education


Eight courses in six Core Literacies, plus two courses in Global Perspectives (which may double-count with courses in the Core Literacies). In addition, all entering freshmen are expected to complete a General Education Seminar during their first year at USC. These seminars satisfy one of the Core Literacy requirements.

Core Literacies:

  • GE-A: The Arts (one course)
  • GE-B: Humanistic Inquiry (two courses)
  • GE-C: Social Analysis (two courses)
  • GE-D: Life Sciences (one course)
  • GE-E: Physical Sciences (one course)
  • GE-F: Quantitative Reasoning (one course)

Global Perspectives:

  • GE-G: Citizenship in a Diverse World (one course) 
  • GE-H: Traditions and Historical Foundations (one course) 

Major Requirements - 48 Units


Students must choose one of the tracks listed

Private Law Track - 20 Units


Select 20 units from the courses below. At least 16 units must be at the upper-division level.

General Legal Studies - 20 Units


Select 20 units from the categories below. At least 16 units must be at the upper-division level.

  • Must take 8 units from the Public Law Track
  • Must take 8 units from the Private Law Track
  • Must take 4 units from the Regulatory State Track

Additional Requirements - 4 units


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