Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Advisor Name:_______________________ Catalog: Academic Catalog 2021-2022 Program: Law Minor

Law Minor

Frank D. Upchurch, Sr., Endowed Pre-Law Program

The Frank D. Upchurch, Sr., Endowed Pre-Law Program at Flagler College gives students the rigorous undergraduate preparation needed to master law school’s academic requirements. The Pre-Law Program is named in honor of Frank D. Upchurch, Sr., by his family and friends as an enduring memorial to commemorate his contributions to the legal profession, St. Augustine, and the State of Florida. He served as City Commissioner and Mayor of St. Augustine, as a Representative to the Florida House of Representatives, and as a member of the Florida Senate. He was alos an ardent preservationist and helped establish the St. Augustine Restoration Commission to help preserve, restore, and interpret colonial St. Augustine for future generations.

 

The Pre-Law Program is intended to provide a competitive opportunity for students to gain acceptance into a prestigious law school. The skills needed for law school are those that all undergraduate students should pursue. These skills include the ability to reason logically and think critically, the capacity to solve problems given specific factual situations, the ability to write and speak with clarity, precision, and style. The Pre-Law Department welcomes and values diversity, and our students will benefit from the exchange of ideas and different points of view that your colleagues bring to the classroom.

 

Central features of the Pre-law Program include Law Forums; visits to area law schools; visits by law school Deans of Admission, judges, and attorneys; attendance at courtroom trial proceedings; mock LSAT exams; student meetings on topics related to preparation for law school and the legal profession; and the computer-assisted legal research service known as Westlaw. It is recommended that Pre-law students enroll in an LSAT preparatory course during the junior year and/or follow the LSAT preparatory guidelines established by the Pre-Law Director. Our program offers a pass/fail course to assist in your LSAT preparation.

 

General Requirements: Students who wish to complete the Pre-Law Program must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Pursue and complete a major within the field of their choice;
  2. Pursue and complete a required curriculum of seven law courses;
  3. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 by the end of the senior year;
  4. Attend courtroom trial proceedings under the direction of the Pre-Law Director;
  5. Attend a minimum of two Law Program events during each academic year;
  6. Complete an LSAT preparatory program or take our Legal Strategies course offered each academic year; and
  7. Complete at least four semesters as a full-time student at Flagler College

Course Requirements: A total of 21 credit hours is needed to complete the course requirements. LAW 470, PHI 223, and LAW 419 are required courses for the minor. For one of the seven required LAW courses, a student may substitute any law course from another discipline. The Pre-Law Program Director must approve this course substitution. A total of 21 credit hours are needed to earn the minor.

Required Courses

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
PHI 223 - Logic I: Critical Thinking Credits: 3
LAW 470 - Senior Seminar in Law

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 75 credit hours.


This course is traditionally only offered in the fall semester.
Credits: 3
LAW 419 - Legal Method and Process
This course is traditionally only offered in the spring semester.
Credits: 3

Select 2 courses from below (Substantive Law)

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
LAW 307 - American Legal History Credits: 3
LAW 310 - Legal Environment of Business Credits: 3
LAW 311 - Advanced Business Law

Prerequisite(s): LAW 310.

Credits: 3

 

LAW 341 - American Constitutional Law: The Federal System Credits: 3

or

POS 341 - American Constitutional Law: The Federal System Credits: 3

 

LAW 342 - American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties Credits: 3

or

POS 342 - American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights & Liberties Credits: 3

 

LAW 371 - Criminal Court System and Process

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101WI and CRM 160.

Credits: 3
LAW 372 - Criminal Law Credits: 3
LAW 373 - Constitutional Criminal Procedure Credits: 3
LAW 380 - Civil Law and Procedure Credits: 3

 

Select 1 course (in addition to LAW 419) from the options below (Professional Skills)

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
LAW 405 - Legal Argumentation Credits: 3
LAW 419 - Legal Method and Process
This course is traditionally only offered in the spring semester.
Credits: 3
LAW 425 - Trial Tactics

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Credits: 3
LAW 430 - Legal Strategies

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Credits: 3
LAW 435 - Legal Ethics and Professionalism Credits: 3
LAW 340 - Selected Topics Credits: 3-6

One course with a LAW prefix.

Additional courses are subject to Pre-Law Director approval.

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