Legal Studies Minor

The HSU Legal Studies Program involves a unique undergraduate multi-disciplinary minor consisting of 18 hours of law and law-related courses. The core courses provide the student with an integrated cohesive framework within which law can be studied from both professional and nonprofessional perspectives — a framework rarely, if ever, offered in other legal education programs. The elective courses provide the student with options which he/she may choose based on his/her own interests and career objectives.

Students who are interested in attending law school after graduation are strongly encouraged to consider Legal Studies as their minor at HSU.


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Sandy Self-Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies

Dr. Sandy Self

Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, Director of Legal Studies 325-670-5885



  • Legal Studies Minor (B.A., B.B.A., B.B.S.)

Why study Legal Studies at HSU?

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Moot Court & Mediation

Students have the opportunity to participate in Moot Court and Mediation Tournaments in Texas and in other states. Numerous types of internships are available depending on the individual student’s interest.

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Study Abroad!

Legal Studies partners with Criminal Justice to provide a May Term international experience for students in the Justice Abroad course. Our first experience is Norway in 2018.

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Legal Knowledge

The Legal Studies program not only prepares students for their transition to law school and a career as an attorney, but it also provides paralegal-type training and a comprehensive legal knowledge that is beneficial for any career in business, education, and/or every-day life after graduation.

Program Details

All course requirements can be found in the catalog:

Legal Studies Minor (LGLS)

All HSU students are eligible for this program.

Our Legal Studies Minor prepares students to proceed with higher education to become attorneys (upon completion of law school), paralegals, corporate in-house counsel, or to have an understanding of law that will enhance careers in government agencies, as a politician, or in businesses.

Moot Court consists of simulated appellate court argumentation where students compete as individuals and teams. As with real appellate court hearings, there are no witnesses or juries. Advocates (student participants) debate with each other and attempt to win favorable decisions from their judges, who may ask questions of the advocates throughout the contest.

The focus of arguments are major constitutional issues, such as the following:

  • Has a student editor been deprived of his rights when the university revokes his scholarship because he writes a pro-Christian editorial?
  • Is a city acting constitutionally when it passes a minor curfew ordinance applying only to high school students?
  • Are male students discriminated against when a university executes a series of dorm room searches which are not extended to female dorms?

Advocates have the opportunity to argue in a variety of forums, such as intramural contests, intercollegiate tournaments, programs before civic groups, classes, and more.

Moot Court offers students exciting hands-on learning opportunities to develop skills such as critical thinking, written and oral expression, and an extended understanding of the American legal system. It also stimulates keener interest and deeper involvement in the legal life of our nation.

Moot Court meets a minimum of regularly scheduled periods which are specified in the Hardin-Simmons Catalog printed each term.

Any interested student may participate, regardless of his or her major or career objective. A student may become involved by securing approval of Dr. Sandy Self or by registering each semester for  POLS 2105: Laws in Action Workshop which may be repeated for credit each semester.

  • Law Office of Whitten, Hacker, Hagin, Anderson, Allen & Self
  • Law Office of Mehaffey & Watson
  • Law Office of Lynn Ingalsbe
  • Law Office of McMahon, Surovik, & Suttle
  • Federal District Court, Abilene Division
  • Taylor County District Attorney’s Office
  • Law Office of Vickie Carter
  • Law Office of Gravley and Leggett
  • Texas State Representative Susan King
  • Former Texas State Representative Bob Hunter
  • Texas Attorney General’s Office
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • The Blackstone Foundation
  • Abilene City Attorney’s Office
  • Eastland Court of Appeals (11th)
  • United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • United States Congresswoman Kay Granger
  • United States Congressman Mike Conaway
  • United States Congressman Randy Neugebauer
  • United States Congressman Pete Sessions
  • Eastland County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
  • Eastland County Court
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of West Texas
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Lead America
  • Taylor County Democratic Party
  • Preemptive Love Coalition
  • Christian Life Commission
  • Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger
  • Abilene Police Department

The Hardin-Simmons Legal Studies Program will be a preeminent undergraduate Legal Studies Program that graduates students who are engaged Christian leaders and citizens, confident and resourceful, who realize their knowledge and actions can generate positive outcomes for their lives and the lives of others.