Legal Studies Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

The program gives students the theoretical, historical, social and political foundations to understand law in a democratic society. The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies utilizes research strategies to develop the critical thinking and argumentation skills needed for successful careers in the fields of law, public administration and city government systems. Students will examine topics such as forensic psychology, correctional systems, diversity, conflict resolution, and community corrections while working to understand Supreme Court decisions and appreciate the role social movements have played in the judicial system.

Students may customize their Legal Studies Degree program by specializing in the Paralegal concentration. A minor in legal studies is also available for undergraduate students completing a bachelor's degree in a different area of study.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Legal Writing: Demonstrate proficiency in legal writing.
  • Governance: Demonstrate an understanding of modern American constitutional governance.
  • Ethics: Apply ethical practices to situations in a legal environment.
  • Legal research: Demonstrate proficiency in current legal research methods.
  • Communication: Apply communication skills in such areas as negotiation, arbitration, mediation, dispute resolution, and interviewing.
  • Legal Analysis: Apply critical thinking and analytical skills in a legal environment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. 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.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, 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.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.


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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