Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

TBS SealThe Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (BLS) is an interdisciplinary program exploring the American legal system from a wide range of perspectives, including economics, philosophy, theology and history. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work as paralegals, law enforcement officers, public officials and nonprofit leaders. 


This high-quality academic program is ranked 15th in the nation based on its "academic excellence, faculty strength, range of courses provided, awards, rankings, and reputation."

Consistent with Dominican University’s longstanding commitment to social justice and the liberal arts, students are required to complete a course in legal ethics, one ethics unit in each class and general education requirements in theology, mathematics, English, the humanities, social science and natural science.

Those looking to work as paralegals will have the opportunity to take courses in specific areas including civil litigation, real estate law, preparation for paralegal certification examinations and preparation for law or graduate school.

All of our courses are taught by highly qualified instructors who bring years of professional experience in the legal field. >Meet our faculty members

Online or On-campus Format

The BLS program is offered in two convenient formats to allow working adults to earn their degrees while maintaining their professional and family commitments.

  • The Online BA in Legal Studies is a fully-online program, which gives students the flexibility to work on their own schedules from anywhere in the world. 
  • The Triton BA in Legal Studies runs in the evenings on the campus of Triton College. Students in the Triton program may need to take one or more online courses.

Both programs run in an accelerated format, allowing students to complete the equivalent of two years of full-time coursework in just 20 months. Students also have the option of transferring between the two programs.