BA, Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, Paralegal Profession

Brandman University’s legal studies degree is designed to empower students to be dynamic and ethical problem-solvers who effectively apply critical thinking, analytical and research skills in legal contexts. Core curriculum covers the foundations of law, constitutional governance, and explores criminal justice concepts as they relate to white collar crime.

Part of the legal profession involves practicing trial advocacy, especially for those in the paralegal profession by serving to help make attorneys and their teams more effective during trial procedures.  The paralegal concentration delves into law practice management and examines the impact contemporary legal issues have within our governing systems. As a reflection of Brandman’s core value of innovation, course work also integrates technological advances within the field of law. With sustainability and corporate environmental responsibility at the forefront of public option and digital applications storing the majority of critical data, students will understand how electronic discovery and legal technologies play roles in legal cases.

What Jobs Can I Get with my Degree?

Legal studies is an exciting academic field that can launch a variety of different career pathways, and those who specialize in the paralegal profession are uniquely equipped for success. Paralegals and legal assistants work to support lawyers by performing important tasks such as conducting legal research, drafting formal documents, and organizing materials for court presentations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17% from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations [1]. Because the basic requirements for employment includes associate-level education, applicants with bachelor’s degrees in legal studies have a particular advantage over their competitive.

Like lawyers, paralegals can find particular interests in serving different types of law such as criminal, corporate, immigration, and family.  Although paralegals often work in law firms, they may also find employment in government agencies and legal departments at corporations. With compliance for marketing communications becoming more important in the digital age, businesses of all kinds lean on legal professionals for their knowledge and expertise to ensure they are practicing within regulations. Legal studies graduates who are particularly good at communicating may also consider becoming news reporters who are dedicated to covering stories related to high-profile criminal cases.

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 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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