Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
  • 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.

    Accelerated Master's Degree Options

    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.

    Program Length

    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 degree.

    Program Outcomes 

    Discipline-Specific Outcomes

    1. Theory and Principles: Define the basic theories, elements, and principles of law.
    2. Research: Find relevant primary and secondary legal sources in electronic and print media and apply them to specific fact scenarios using prescribed analysis and argument.
    3. Investigation: Apply investigative techniques to support the development of a legal argument.
    4. Communications: Produce communications using theoretical and practical concepts from specialized areas of law.
    5. Critical Thinking: Evaluate the role of legal theory and practice in the practice of societal institutions.
  • General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

    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.