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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.


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

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
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
COM 202Effective Professional Communications3
HIST 160American History I3
CMP 101Introduction to Computers3
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
ENG 160English Composition I3
ENG 170English Composition II3
MAT 140College Algebra3
COM 275Speech Communications3
POLI 365American Government3

Students select from FIFTEEN (15) elective courses to complete this category.

CJS 130Intro to Justice Administration3
CJS 440Juvenile Justice3
LGS 102Family Law3
LGS 105Law Office Technology3
LGS 106Wills, Trusts and Estates3
LGS 201Immigration Law3
LGS 202Environmental Law3
LGS 203Intellectual Property3
LGS 205Social Security Disability3
LGS 207Bankruptcy3
LGS 302America’s Courts & Criminal Justice System3
LGS 304Survey of the Legal Profession3
LGS 305Employment Law3
LGS 308Communication Law3
LGS 310Education Law3
LGS 401Torts II3
LGS 406Elements of Contract Drafting3
LGS 409Criminal Procedure for the Legal Profession3
LGS 407Business Law3
LGS 410Elder Law3