BA Legal Studies

Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts – Legal Studies Major:

The B.A. in Legal Studies courses are designed to prepare students for careers in paralegal, government, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, or regulatory/ compliance offices of corporate organizations. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and writing skills as it pertains to legal studies through the following curriculum:

Total Credit Hours (120)

Proficiency Requirements (9 credits)

  • EN 102 Composition II or equivalent (3) 
  • MT 150 Contemporary Math or higher (3) 
  • Religion elective (3)

General Education Requirements (21 credits)

  • SPCS 200 Adult Learning Seminar (3) 
  • Social Science courses (6) 
  • Natural Science courses (6) 
  • Humanities courses (6)

Legal Studies Major Requirements (42 credits)

  • LS 300 The American Legal System (3) 
  • LS 301 Legal Research & Writing (prerequisite: EN 102 Composition II) (3) 
  • LS 320 Religion & the Law (3) 
  • LS 321 Law & Economics (3) 
  • LS 322 Philosophical Basis of the Law (3) 
  • LS 325 Contracts (3) 
  • LS 400 Legal Ethics (3)

Legal Studies Electives (Choose total of 21 credits)

  • LS 302 The Paralegal Profession (3) 
  • LS 323 Freedom of Speech (3) 
  • LS 324 Civil Rights (3) 
  • LS 340 Negotiation Theory (3) 
  • LS 350 Employment Law (3) 
  • LS 351 Criminal Law & Procedure (3) 
  • LS 352 Civil Litigation (3) 
  • LS 353 Family Law (3) 
  • LS 354 Estate Planning (3) 
  • LS 355 Real Estate Law (3) 
  • LS 356 Administrative Law (3) 
  • LS 357 The Uniform Commercial Code (prerequisite: LS 322 Contracts) (3) - LS 499 Legal Studies Internship (3) - Up to three additional 200-level or higher social sciences courses with approval of Assistant Provost

General Electives (48 credits)
In addition to Legal Studies courses, students must earn 48 general elective credits. Earn a BLS degree from an institution that has been working toward social justice for more than a century!