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Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph
Webster University, St. Louis

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Missouri Western State University
Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
4525 Downs Drive, Wilson Hall 204
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Program Coordinator: Suzanne Kissock
Telephone: 816.271.4454
Fax: 816.271.4138

Type of Institution: Public, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Certificate
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.missouriwestern.edu/cj-ls-swk/
Description: The Legal Studies Program offers a course of study designed to prepare the individual to work in the legal profession. A student in this program will be taught the skills needed to obtain an entry-level position as a legal assistant or to continue a legal education. The skills a student will learn include legal research, interviewing, investigation, legal drafting, preparation of evidence and witnesses for trial, and assisting in the trial of a lawsuit. This program prepares individuals for career opportunities in law firms of all sizes, corporate legal departments, legal aid offices, public defender or prosecuting attorney offices and municipal legal departments. The certificate requires at least 30 hours of college credit prior to enrolling with at least 18 hours of gen ed classes, including college English. The certificate requires 33 hours of legal studies course, nine of which are restricted electives. A bachelor's degree is not required, though many students already have one. We also offer a minor to students on campus who have declared a different major.

Webster University
Legal Studies Program
470 E. Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119-3194
Program Director: Robin Jefferson Higgins
Telephone: 314.246-8724
Fax: 314.963.6094

Degrees Offered: Baccalaureate, Masters, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
For more information: www.webster.edu/depts/artsci/legalstudies

Updated: 08/09/16

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