BA in Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession

This degree program is designed to empower students to be ethical problem-solvers who apply critical thinking, analytical and research skills in legal contexts. The core curriculum covers foundations of law, litigation, trial preparation, and alternative dispute resolution. 

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession provides you with the knowledge to support lawyers by conducting legal research, drafting formal documents and organizing materials for court presentations. The coursework delves into law practice management and the impact contemporary legal issues have within our governing systems. 

As a student, you will:

  • Learn to apply critical thinking, analytical and research skills in legal contexts.
  • Understand how electronic discovery and legal technologies play roles in legal cases.
  • Prepare for a job as a paralegal or legal assistant in a law office, government agency, or legal department in a corporation.

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 302  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



Paralegal Profession Concentration (12 credits)

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


Choose One Elective

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
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