Associate in Arts in Legal Studies

This program is designed for students who intend to obtain a bachelor’s degrees with emphasis in Pre-Law studies at a four year institution. It provides general education requirements, a foundation for success in law school and basic core courses designed to prepare students for work in the field of law beyond an associate degree. The American Bar Association does not recommend to law schools exactly which courses should be included for pre-professional education. High on the list of courses recommended by leaders of the legal profession, however, are English language and literature, government, communication, economics, American history and English history. Majors in English, Spanish and history are all recommended backgrounds for law school. This curriculum contains courses that fulfill the New Mexico General Education Common Core (NMGECC) and a variety of legal and general electives. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the practical and analytical skills that will be demanded in law school.
  • Analyze the relationships between ethics,
    law and social responsibility in organizational decision-making.
  • Describe the American legal system.
  • Demonstrate improvement in reading comprehension, analytical thinking, effective communication and other practical skills necessary to compete in today’s legal job market.
  • Discuss the historical and philosophical perspectives of the American legal system.
  • Demonstrate the ethical values and reach of law
    in business, everyday life and contemporary American society.

Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

SPCH 111         Public Speaking (3)

Mathematics (4 hrs.)

MATH 121       College Algebra (4)

Laboratory Sciences (8 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 hrs.)

POLI 200          American Government and Politics (3)


Choose two of the following:

ANTH 112        The Nature of Culture (3) þ

ECON 200        Principles of Economics –

Macroeconomics (3) S

ECON 201        Principles of Economics –

Microeconomics (3) S

POLI 211          New Mexico Government (3)

POLI 215          Comparative Politics (3)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3)

SOCI 111          Introduction to Sociology (3) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hrs.)

PHIL 155          Logic and Critical Thinking (3)

[and ]

Choose one of the following:

AHST 201         Art History I (3) þ

BSAD 270         Business Ethics (3) S

ENGL 244         Literature of the Western World I (3)

ENGL 245         Literature of the Western World II (3)

ENGL 261         American Literature I (3)

ENGL 262         American Literature II (3)

ENGL 270         Literature of the Southwest (3)

ENGL 273         Native American Literature (3)

ENGL 286         The Novel (3)

HIST 111          Western Civilization I (3) þ

HIST 112          Western Civilization II (3) þ

HIST 161          United States History to 1877 (3)

HIST 162          United States History from 1877 (3)

HIST 260          History of New Mexico (3) þ S

MUSC 140        Music Appreciation (3)

PHIL 111          Introduction to Philosophy (3)

SPAN 111         Beginning Spanish I (4) þ

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
15 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



LEGL 111         Introduction to Law (4)

LEGL 115         Torts (3)

LEGL 121         Legal Research and Writing I (3)

LEGL 211         Contract Law (3)

LEGL 240         Constitutional Law (3) S

LEGL 241         Legal Research Writing II/Westlaw (4)

OFTC 111         Business Software Essentials I (4)

*It’s highly recommended that students take LEGL 111 and 121 in their first semester.



Choose from the following:

CRJS 203          Criminal Law and Procedure (3)

LEGL 201         Real Estate Law (3)

LEGL 207         Environmental Law (3) S

LEGL 221         Wills, Probate and Estates (3)

LEGL 225         Family Law (3)

LEGL 230         Business Organizations (3)

LEGL 231         Evidence (3)

LEGL 260         Tribal Law and Government (3) þ

LEGL 298         Internship (1-3)


Six credit hours of the A.A. and A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)