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What can I do with a degree in legal studies?

January 01, 2017 by Brandman Career Services

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies prepares you for entry into professions where knowledge of the operation of law is required. These fields include law, public administration, and city government/management positions.

The program gives you the practical, social and political foundations to understand law in a democratic society.

Legal studies students who plan to go on to law school should consider taking a preparatory LSAT course.

Possible Fields

  • Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Public Administration
  • Healthcare  
  • Government Agencies
  • Court Systems
  • Education
  • Correctional Facilities

Possible Occupations*

  • Law Enforcement
  • Union Representative
  • Attorney
  • Legal Secretary
  • Community Affair Specialist
  • Mediator
  • Contract Writer
  • Paralegal
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Court Administrator
  • Court Clerk 
  • Arbitrator
  • Public Service Administrator
  • Health Care Administration
  • Politician
  • Human Resources
  • Title Examiner 
  • Municipal Clerk
  • Policy Developer
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Legislative Liaison
  • Consultant
  • Legal Consultant
  • Contract Administrator
  • Government/Public Relations Specialist (Lobbyist)

*The above lists are possible fields and occupations representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for an Legal Studies major. Some positions listed may require additional training, education, and/or experience prior to job eligibility.

Skills Needed for Legal Studies Majors

  • Researching 
  • Strong Verbal & Written Communication/Comprehension    
  • Analyzing 
  • Critical  Thinking
  • Processing/Documenting/Recording Information  
  • Attention to Detail  

Professional Associations for Legal Studies Majors

Professional associations provide a connection with other professionals in your field to learn, share, and discuss professional interests.  Associations also provide great opportunities to network and explore additional early care and education career information.

National Association of Legal Assistants

American Bar Association

The Association of Legal Assistants & Paralegals

American Arbitration Association

National  Federation of Paralegal Associations

Los Angeles Paralegal Association

Orange County Paralegal Association

Join LinkedIn Professional Association groups in your industry!

Additional Legal Studies Resources

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) 

Paralegal Today

Legal Talk Network

Brandman University Programs

Brandman University Programs: Bachelor’s Degree, Legal Studies

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