The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies prepares you for entry into professions where knowledge of the legal or constitutional order is required. The program gives you the theoretical, historical, social and political foundations to understand law in a democratic society. You’ll examine competing theories of law; investigate the relationships between law, power, democracy, punishment, rights and citizenship; explore historical foundations of the American legal order; work to understand major Supreme Court decisions; and appreciate the role social movements have played in the judicial system.
Legal studies students who plan to go on to law school should consider taking a preparatory LSAT course and intern in a legal environment.
Who is this program for?
This program is for students interested in obtaining a general understanding of the law.
What can you do with a degree in legal studies?
A degree in legal studies prepares students for law school and for entry-level careers in law, public administration, civic and organizational management, including positions as paralegals, legal secretaries, court clerks, attorneys, court administrators, law enforcement officials. Students with careers in human resources, social work and hospital administration would also benefit from a degree in legal studies.