Legal Studies

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies offers in-depth knowledge of the U.S. court system, legal writing and research, legal practice, and various types of law, while emphasizing governance, civil and criminal processes, and the theory and philosophy of justice. This degree is helpful preparation for careers such as court administrator, investigator, paralegal, law clerk, court clerk, and similar jobs requiring a broad understanding of law and the legal field. Knowledge gained from this degree is applicable to many employers such as law firms, corporations, and local and national government agencies.

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • The American court system and the criminal justice system
  • Civil and criminal processes
  • Theory and philosophy of justice
  • Legal research, writing, and terminology
  • Ethics and professional responsibilities of the legal profession
  • U.S. public policy and administrative laws
  • Environmental laws, regulations, and policies
  • International and immigration law
  • Legal evidence rules and witness examination and impeachment

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Identify historical events and figures that have contributed to the present-day court system in the United States.
  • Conduct legal research and demonstrate the fundamentals of legal writing and citation.
  • Identify and apply the procedural vehicles used by agencies for making agency policy, including agency investigations and subpoenas, agency rulemaking and agency adjudication.
  • Analyze the processes, ethics, and procedures of the modern legal practice.
  • Explain the various rights provided to United States Citizens by the U.S. Constitution, Amendments, Bill of Rights, and various U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
  • Relate the purpose and scope of criminal law in America to its sources.
  • Examine the various legal issues related to family law.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Undergraduate students with less than 9 transferable credit hours may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment to determine current math and writing skill levels.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or