Legal studies at Saint Martin's

Pre-law advisor

Professor Robert Hauhart, pre-law advisor

If you are interested in pre-law studies at Saint Martin's University, please contact Robert Hauhart, Ph.D. at or 360-438-4525.

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Legal Studies Program (minor)

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What is the Legal Studies Program?

The Legal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary field of study composed of law courses from:

  • The departments of criminal justice, political science, history and sociology.
  • The schools of business, education, and engineering.

Why study legal studies at Saint Martin's?

Saint Martin's offers a minor in legal studies as a complement to such degree programs as criminal justice, political science and psychology. As part of the minor, students interested in law school will benefit from counseling and guidance from a pre-law advisor.

The rigor of the Legal Studies Program at Saint Martin’s provides students with an experience comparable to the first year of law school. Participants investigate:

  • The interrelationship of law and society
  • The protection of civil liberties
  • The constitutional rules that govern criminal law
  • The regulations and legal principles that operate in the business context
  • Modern laws that protect the environment

What can I do with this minor?

Graduates who hold a minor in legal studies are equipped with the supplemental skills for work in a variety of environments including:

  • Legal clinics
  • Law firms
  • Non-profit and public interest organizations
  • State agencies

In addition, a minor in legal studies prepares graduates who wish to pursue law school.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • Nine semester hours of required courses such as:
    • LS 101 The Legal Environment and Ethics
    • CJ 304 Law and Evidence
  • 12 semester hours of elective courses such as:
    • HIS/PLS 378 American Constitutional Development
    • CJ 460 Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of legal studies minor courses and requirements (under political science).

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research/internship opportunities

Legal studies participants may:

  • Intern in public or private law offices
  • Pursue independent study on legal topics of interest
  • Elect to write a senior capstone on legal issues through a related major in criminal justice, sociology, social work, psychology, history, or political science.

Related fields of study

Criminal justice (M., m.) | Social justice (m.) | Political science (M., m.) | History (M., m.) | Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)

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