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Bachelor of Science in

Legal Studies

Program Description

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

This program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the legal system covering major topics in legal studies in core courses, after which students can then focus on specific areas of interests through electives. For students who wish to become paralegals at law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, and or non-profit organizations, or wish to earn their master’s degree in law, this program will provide a foundation for career and academic advancement. Upon completion of this bachelor degree program, students can be eligible to sit for the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA) Certificate exam.

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The Legal Studies program is designed to produce graduates who are able to:

  • Communicate effectively and apply concepts from a wide variety of legal disciplines, as well as other disciplines such as business, sociology and communications, to their assigned tasks in a law-related environment.
  • Perform legal research and writing tasks using online and in-person library resources for a wide variety of legal problems.
  • Exhibit proficiency in writing letters, memoranda, and other communications.
  • Prepare and write legal memoranda, motions, and other court documents for review by an attorney.
  • Edit and refine previously prepared legal documents to accommodate changes in circumstances and changes in law.
  • Draft interoffice memoranda for the purpose of advising or informing supervising attorneys.
  • Take the CLA/CP exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Program Plan for the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

COURSE NAMECREDIT HOURS
LGS 100Introduction to the Legal Profession3
LGS 107Contracts3
LGS 103Criminal Law3
LGS 108Legal Research3
LGS 204Real Property3
LGS 206Business Organizations3
LGS 208Legal Analysis & Writing3
LGS 110Litigation and Trial Practice I3
LGS 200Administrative Law3
LGS 210Litigation and Trial Practice II3
LGS 303Ethics for the Legal Professional3
LGS 301Torts I3
LGS 404Laws of Criminal Evidence3
LGS 402Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LGS 499Senior Capstone3
   
 CORE TOTAL45
COURSE  NAME CREDIT HOURS
COM 275 Speech Communications 3
CMP 101 Introduction to Computers 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
ENG 160 English Composition I 3
ENG 170 English Composition II 3
MAT 140 College Algebra 3
COM 202 Effective Professional Communications 3
HIST 160 American History I 3
POLI 365 American Government 3
GENERAL ED TOTAL 30

Students select FIFTEEN (15) elective courses from ACC, BUS, CJS, FIN, LGS, or MGT to complete this category. Please see the university catalog for course selection details. ELECTIVE TOTAL: 45