Legal Studies Program

The Legal Studies Program teaches theoretical and practical aspects of the field of law as a profession. Students are equipped to offer substantive legal support services to firms and agencies or to continue their education in law school. The core curriculum emphasizes four correlated disciplines:

  1. Theory, process, application, and ethics of law;
  2. Legal and administrative research and investigation;
  3. Law-related technologies; and
  4. Professional decorum and communication skills.

Only licensed attorneys are permitted to practice law, but well-trained paralegals and support staff are indispensable to any organization that faces critical issues in law, regulatory compliance, or policy. The unique skill sets of Legal Studies graduates are vital not only to law firms but also to corporations, government agencies, courts, law enforcement, health care organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, and a wide range of other professional settings.

HYBRID and online courses

As of 2015, all classes in Legal Studies are delivered either as hybrid courses or as fully-online courses. The hybrid courses meet partly online and partly on campus. This usually means the instructor will alternate between virtual and traditional class meetings from week to week, but every course is set up differently. Online instruction offers our students and teachers lots of flexibility without sacrificing the benefits of face-to-face interaction.  It also helps our instructors integrate technology into the curriculum more seamlessly, so students can graduate with the digital fluency required in today's advancing legal field.

Contact Legal Studies

Do you have additional questions about the Legal Studies Program? Please see feel free to contact us using the information below or review some of our most frequently asked questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Main Office

Legal Studies Coordinator

Legal Studies
218 Brister Hall
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
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Phone: 901.678.2716
Fax: 901.678.4913
Email: legalstudies@memphis.edu

Tiffany G. Johnson, Esq.
Manning Hall, Room 400G
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
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Phone: 901.678.2153
Fax: 901.678.4913
Email: tgjohnsn@memphis.edu