Legal Studies Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

This degree program examines a variety of contemporary legal issues, including conflict resolution and white collar crime.  Students will come to understand major Supreme Court decisions and their impact on the judicial system and society.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in environments which require an understanding of legal concepts. You will develop the critical thinking and skills needed for successful careers in the fields of law, business, public administration, and government.

As a student you will:

  • Become proficient in legal writing.
  • Understand modern American constitutional governance.
  • Apply ethical practices, critical thinking and analytical skills to situations in a legal environment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in current legal research methods.
  • Use communication skills in negotiation, arbitration, mediation, dispute resolution and interviewing.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

Active Military?

Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Major Core Requirements (33 credits)

CJCU 460  White Collar Crime 3
LEST 300  Foundations of Law 3
LEST 303 Legal Research and Writing  3
LEST 304  Constitutional Governance    3
LEST 322  Contracts  3
LEST 324  Interviewing, Negotiation, and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) 3
LEST 306  Business Organizations  3
LEST 320  Torts 3
LEST 402  Litigation and Trial Advocacy 3
LEST 462  Ethics in a Legal Environment 3
LEST 495  Legal Studies Capstone 3


Concentrations (12 credits)

Students may select one of the concentrations below and choose one elective course from the approved list OR opt not to select a concentration and choose four elective courses from the approved list.


Paralegal Profession Concentration

LEST 418  Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology 3
LEST 416  Contemporary Legal Issues  3
LEST 420  Law Practice Management  3



CJCU 418 Victim Advocacy 3
CJCU 436 Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences 3
COMU 315 Intercultural Communication 3
SOWK 391 Youth at Risk 3
LEST 416 Contemporary Legal Issues 3
LEST 418 Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology 3
LEST 420 Law Practice Management 3
LEST 499 Independent Study 3
LEST 492 Experiential Learning (Legal Studies Internship) 3


Total Credits 45


Minor in Legal Studies

Requirements (18 credits)

LEST 300

Foundations of Law


LEST 303

Legal Research and Writing


LEST 304

Constitutional Government


LEST 324

Interviewing, Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)


LEST 402

Litigation and Trial Advocacy


LEST 462

Ethics in a Legal Environment


Total Credits


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