Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
(Currently Not Accepting Enrollments)
Description and Outcomes
Effective October 19, 2016, this program will no longer be accepting enrollments or reentries. An alternative program may be available/recommended. Check with an Admissions Advisor.
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 degree requirements to be waived and replaced with advanced start credit. Refer to Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Accelerated Master's Degree Options
If you are interested in earning a master's degree in environmental policy, human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, 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 degree.
- Theory and Principles: Define the basic theories, elements, and principles of law.
- 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.
- Investigation: Apply investigative techniques to support the development of a legal argument.
- Communications: Produce communications using theoretical and practical concepts from specialized areas of law.
- 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.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Arts and Humanities (select one of the following):||5|
|Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions|
|Humanities and Culture|
|Science (select one of the following):||5|
|Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World|
|General Biology I - Human Perspectives|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Science for Everyday Life|
|Social Science (select one of the following):||5|
|The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream|
|People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government|
|The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach|
|Total Core Requirements||33|
|IT133||Microsoft Office Applications on Demand 1||5|
|or PA230||Introduction to Legal Technology|
|LS100||Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession 2||5|
|or CS121||Pathways to Academic Success|
|PA165||Introduction to Torts 3||5|
|PA201||Introduction to Legal Research||5|
|PA205||Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing||5|
|PA253||Legal Ethics 3||5|
|100/200 Level||Major Electives 3||10|
|LS308||Law and Society||6|
|300/400 Level||Major Electives||24|
|LS498||BSLS Capstone (Research Option)||6|
|Total Major Requirements||88|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Open Electives 4||59|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||59|
Online students will take PA230 Introduction to Legal Technology.
Online students will take LS100 Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession.
These degree requirements can be waived for students who are eligible for advanced start credit with a prior degree. See Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor's Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.