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Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

Earn a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies Degree in under 4 Years

At South University, our Legal Studies bachelor degree program features in-depth legal coursework, a supervised paralegal externship, and experienced instructors* who want to see you succeed. Learn how we can prepare you for a career in the legal field in as little as 45 months at a campus near you.

Program is offered at the following campuses. Select a campus to learn more.


Learn How to Complete Complex Legal Assignments

Lawyers require a team of people to help them prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings, and paralegals and legal assistants are an essential part of that team. Whether you’re interested in seeking an entry-level paralegal position or are simply ready to take the next step in your career in the legal field, our Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies can provide you with the relevant training, education, and experience to excel in this important role.

Our Legal Studies degree program can prepare you to work under the supervision of a licensed attorney to effectively manage a variety of challenging legal assignments that involve:

  • Investigating and gathering case facts and evidence
  • Researching laws
  • Interviewing clients and witnesses
  • Preparing documents for litigation or business transactions
  • Assisting the attorney at trial
Throughout your coursework, you’ll use modern law office technology and software, while also developing keen analytical and critical thinking skills and a sensitivity to cultural and political diversity. Our Legal Studies bachelor degree programs can be completed in as little as 45 months.

Gain Practical Experience & Knowledge

The courses in our Legal Studies degree program can provide you with a strong foundation in general education, fundamental theoretical legal concepts, and practical legal applications, exploring topics that include:

  • Business law
  • Law and ethics in the legal field
  • Torts and remedies
  • Legal research and writing
  • Civil litigation
  • Family law
  • Estate planning and probate
  • Criminal law
  • Computers in the legal office
  • Litigation support management
  • Employment law
Depending on your area of interest, your paralegal studies may also include topics such as:
  • Real estate law
  • Worker's compensation law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Administrative law
  • International law
  • Constitutional law
  • Immigration law
  • Contract law for paralegals
  • Criminal procedure
  • Evidence
  • Environmental law
  • Cyberlaw
  • Intellectual property
Our Legal Studies degree program includes a 120-hour supervised externship that allows you to practice everything you’ve learned across your paralegal studies, bridging the gap between the classroom and workplace of paralegals and legal assistants. For this externship, you may work in a private legal office, government agency, real estate or title company, bank, or corporate legal department. A second externship may also be completed as one of your electives.

Build Your Skills for a Career as a Paralegal

After earning your bachelor’s in Legal Studies degree, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge for entry-level paralegal positions, including the ability to:

  • Knowledge of procedural law and substantive law to successfully complete advanced or specialized legal assignments in a law office or other organization involved with legal processes under the supervision of an attorney.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the skills required for the complexities of a modern, technology-based law office.
  • Follow and understand the professional and ethical standards expected of a paralegal across a broad spectrum of legal practice.
  • Display enhanced communication skills, including public speaking, letter and memorandum writing, and complex legal drafting under attorney supervision.
  • Conduct advanced legal research, utilizing acute critical thinking, reasoning, and analytical approaches to legal problem solving.

Legal Studies Degree Program Requirements & Admissions

To be accepted into our Legal Studies degree program, you must meet all standard university admissions requirements for undergraduate programs. Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. For questions about admissions or financial aid, call us at 1.800.688.0932.

What Can You Do with A Legal Studies Degree?

Our Legal Studies bachelor degree program is designed to prepare you for entry-level employment in the legal field. Legal professionals, such as paralegals and legal assistants, work for attorneys in diverse areas such as family law, personal injury, criminal, international law, environmental law, employment law, and more.

Our graduates pursuing legal studies jobs may find roles in workplaces that include:

  • Law firms
  • Insurance firms
  • Large corporations
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals

According to the U.S .Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 2016 to 2026, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 15%—resulting in 41,800 new jobs—much faster than the 7% average growth across occupations.

While it is possible to become a paralegal with an associate’s degree in paralegal studies, the BLS notes that some employers may prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree.

End your search for the right paralegal school with South University. Request more information today about how our Legal Studies program can prepare you to work in this growing field.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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