School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Legal Studies Certificate

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Why Choose Legal Studies?

The legal studies certificate is for you if you wish to attend law school. You will learn about the U.S. legal system and how to critically analyze legal source material such as court decisions and statutes. You will also receive important instruction on the U.S. Constitution and in specific areas of law and social policy.


A 2019 survey of 2,321 SPIA graduates found nearly 100 currently employed in law practice, 27 in legal services, and many in other law and law enforcement related careers. The law practice professionals were employed across the legal spectrum, including the Department of Defense, the Ohio Auditor's office, LexisNexis, the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Ohio Ethics Commission, Ford Motor Company, the Legal Aid Society, and a variety of county and municipal law offices.

Real-World Experience

SPIA offers fantastic internship opportunities to students in all majors and minors. Recent internships for our students include the Ohio Statehouse, the Dayton Foundation, the YWCA, Community Geographic Information Systems and Citizen Science Research Experiences in Belize, the City of Kettering, City of Yellow Springs, and the Federal District Court.

Service is part of our school’s culture. Through service-learning, students engage with the community, and learn as participants at events, programs, and activities. The university has earned recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for advancing student learning through community engagement.

Academics and Curriculum

The legal studies certificate, which takes only 12 hours to complete, is intended to easily fit within any major. If you want a more in-depth exposure to legal studies, you are encouraged to pursue the legal studies minor, which has 24 hours of instruction. The certificate is a smaller subset of courses contained within the minor. 

View the Legal Studies Certificate program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.


If you are a current student, go to the WINGS Express Major/Minor change request form or talk to your advisor about adding a minor.


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