The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program is designed to provide you with an education that incorporates the study of law (and related disciplines) with the development of both practical and analytical skills. In addition, if you plan on continuing your course of study at the law school level, the program's solid educational foundation could prepare you for the rigors of advanced study of the law or other areas of graduate study.
The program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and values required of competent and ethical professionals working in the legal services industry. Courses provide a well-rounded academic foundation that emphasizes analytical thinking, reading comprehension, and communication skills while helping you develop the practical skills to successfully enter the job market. You will have the opportunity to develop strong interpersonal skills, self-discipline, and ethical principles.
The legal education and training provided in the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program may prove useful if you are interested in continuing on to law school or a graduate education program or pursuing many other occupations including: arbitrator, mediator, patent agent, title examiner, legislative assistant, lobbyist, political office holder, corporate executive, journalist, abstractor, claims examiner, compliance and enforcement inspector, occupational and safety health worker, legal psychology expert, and jury consultant.
If you have already completed an associate's or bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, you may be eligible for our advanced start degree option. Refer to the general Policy Information section for details.
If you are interested in earning both a bachelor's and master's degree in legal studies, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.
The Bachelor of Science in Legal
Studies program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon
successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
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