Major Description

Today’s church and its many ministries are intricately involved in areas that require a complex legal understanding of proper operating procedures of various ecclesiatical functions. This means that the church is no longer just a local meeting venue for preaching, prayer, and fellowship. It is, of course, these things; however, because of the technical age in which we live and the many advanced ways of presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is much more. The church is involved in counseling ministries, publishing ministries, radio and television ministries, audio and video productions, commercial and real property, fundraising, endowments, estate planning, investments, retail sales, retirement housing, assisted living operations, political and government activities, and education just to name a few. This involves multiple corporations, both “for profit” and “not-for-profit”, and a balancing among local, state, federal, and international laws. Whitefield College has designed an educational program that will help prepare students to work toward assisting the church with these complex issues and practices.

This major is designed for students who would like to (1) attend law school to be equipped to interact with these issues, (2) assist Christian attorneys in carrying out their work as a legal assistant or paralegal, or (3) become involved in political and civil government as it relates to church and State relations at all legal levels.

A Bachelor of Arts in Christian Legal Advocacy will help prepare a student for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) for law school acceptance. Whitefield College’s core curriculum and requirements already tend to prepare our students to do well on this exam. Whitefield College requires a high academic level and complex textbooks in the following challenging fields of study: Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, History of Western Thought I, II, III, Philosophy of Religion, World Religions, and Apologetics.

This course of study will also help prepare a student to take the CLA/CP EXAM (Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal). It will also give a student the preparation and background needed to work in civil government and advocate for our American Constitutional Republic.

This course of study requires a high academic standard. The requirements for some courses are much higher than other major fields. It will be both challenging and intellectually stimulating for each student who enters this major field of study.

FRESHMAN – 30 CREDIT HOURS

BBL 101 Interpretation of the Bible – 3 Credits
SYS 103 Christian Doctrine I – 3 Credits
ENG 205 English Composition – 3 Credits
PHL 110 Foundations of Christian Culture – 3 Credits
APL 110 Biblical Law and Ethics – 3 Credits
GVT 101 Americal Civil Government – 3 Credits
SYS 104 Christian Doctrine II – 3 Credits
SYS 106 Christian Doctrine III – 3 Credits
ECO 108 Economics – 3 Credits
PHL 209 Introduction to Philosophy – 3 Credits

SOPHOMORE – 30/31 CREDIT HOURS

HCH 201 History of the Christian Church – 3 Credits
HIS 203 Western Civilization I – 3 Credits
GVT 201 History: Development of the Constitution – 3 Credits
MAT 207 *College Algebra – 4 Credits
SCI 202 *Physical Science – 3 Credits
HIS 204 Western Civilization II – 3 Credits
PHL 206 Logic – 3 Credits
SOC 208 Sociology – 3 Credits
HIS 301 American History I – 3 Credits
HIS 302 American History II – 3 Credits
POL 201 Current Political Issues

JUNIOR – 30 CREDIT HOURS

CNS 303 A Biblical View of Psychology – 3 Credits
POL 303 History of Political Thought – 3 Credits
PHL 305 History of Western Thought I – 3 Credits
APL 309 Introduction to Apologetics – 3 Credits
PHL 306 History of Western Thought II – 3 Credits
POL 305 Christian Political Philosophy – 3 Credits
ENG 308 Public Speaking and Debate – 3 Credits
PHL 406 Philosophy of Religion – 3 Credits
PHL 409 History of Western Thought III – 3 Credits
APL 410 Advanced Apologetics – 3 Credits

SENIOR – 33 CREDIT HOURS

CLA 401 Legal Research and Writing – 3 Credits
CLA 402 History & Introduction to Law – 3 Credits
CLA 403 Constitutional Law – 4 Credits
CLA 404 First Amendment Law – 3 Credits
CLA 405 Law & Procedures – 4 Credits
CLA 406 Conflict of Laws – 3 Credits
CLA 407 Criminal Law – 3 Credits
CLA 408 Criminal Procedure – 4 Credits
CLA 409 Evidence – 3 Credits
CLA 410 Torts – 3 Credits
CLA 411 Paralegal Preparation Studies – 3 Credits (In place of Criminal Procedures)

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