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Legal Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #81 (BCR) Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Legal Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz is an interdisciplinary program that is designed for students who wish to use the methods and perspectives of various academic disciplines to study legal issues and to use the conceptual framework of the law to illuminate empirical and theoretical concerns in the various disciplines. 
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Overview

Legal Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz is not intended as a substitute or preparation for any part of a law school curriculum but rather as a full and interdisciplinary field of study within the liberal arts curriculum.

Careers

Legal studies graduates are in careers in universities, law, business, government, and social organizing. Alumna Jessian Choy won the 2002 Brower Youth Award for environmental activism from the Earth Island Institute. Joseph W. Guzzetta (B.A., Legal studies and Economics, ’01) is an associate at Severson & Werson in San Francisco, where he focuses on financial services.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Issues in Constitutional Law
  • Law and the Holocaust
  • Comparative Law
  • State and Capitalism in American Political Development
  • Poverty and Public Policy
  • The World Jury on Trial
  • International Law and Global Justice
  • Wildlife, Wilderness, and the Law
  • California Water Law and Policy
  • Law of Democracy
  • Congress: Representation and Legislation
  • Native Peoples Law
  • Federal Indian Law and International Comparative Indigenous Peoples' Law
  • International Environmental Law and Policy
  • War Crimes
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Courts and Litigation
  • History of the U.S. Penal Culture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the "a–g" courses.
    • Non-residents must earn a minimum GPA of 3.40. 
    • Take the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT with Essay 
    • The ACT Assessment plus the ACT Writing Test  or the SAT with critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores from the same sitting. 
    • Proof of English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29754 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29754 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    13989 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13989 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Santa Cruz

  • 1710 - 2560 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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