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Online Degree Overview

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

Dr. April Vance, Interim Department Chair, Legal Studies

This partially online Legal Studies program can give you a strong foundation in general education, analytical and critical thinking skills, theoretical legal concepts, and practical legal applications. Through our in-depth legal coursework, you can learn how to manage challenging assignments under the supervision of a licensed attorney involving. While you can take the majority of your courses online, all students in the partially online Legal Studies degree program must complete at least 4 legal specialty courses (totaling at least 16 quarter hours of credit) in a traditional classroom format.

American Bar Association

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies programs at South University are approved by the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598 312.988.5522 800.285.2221.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies: 180 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 64 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics (choose three)
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 4 Credit Hours
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences (choose two)
BIO1020 Biology I, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1021 Biology II, 4 Credit Hours
CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose two)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences (choose three)
ECO2071 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
ECO2072 Principles of Macroeconomics, 4 Credit Hours
POL2076 American Government, 4 Credit Hours
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC2010 Social Problems, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 40 Credits
BUS1038 Business Law I, 4 Credit Hours
BUS2038 Business Law II, 4 Credit Hours
Elective Pool (eight courses or 32 credit hours)

Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements, provided the course meets the standards of the Credit for Transcripted and Non-transcripted Work policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. Work from other fields must include any required prerequisite courses in the elective field.

A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

Area III Major Requirements: 76 Credits
Core
LGS1001 The Legal Field: Law and Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
LGS1004 Torts and Remedies, 4 Credit Hours
LGS1005 Legal Research and Writing I, 4 Credit Hours

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LGS1006 Legal Research and Writing II, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2001 Civil Litigation, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2002 Family Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2003 Estate Planning and Probate, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2004 Criminal Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2007 Computers in the Legal Office, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2099 Paralegal Externship, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4005 Advanced Legal Research and Writing, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4008 Litigation Support Management, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4030 Employment Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4075 Legal Topics Seminar, 4 Credit Hours
Electives (choose two)
LGS2005 Real Estate Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2008 Worker's Compensation Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2010 Bankruptcy Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS2030 Administrative Law, 4 Credit Hours
Electives (choose three)
LGS3009 International Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS3040 Constitutional Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS3050 Immigration Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS3060 Contract Law for Paralegals, 4 Credit Hours
LGS3065 Criminal Procedure, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4010 Evidence, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4020 Advanced Real Estate Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4045 Advanced Technology for Paralegals, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4050 Environmental Law, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4051 Cyberlaw, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4055 Intellectual Property, 4 Credit Hours
LGS4060 Legal Externship II, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

All students enrolling in the partially online program offered through the Savannah campus must document that at least four legal specialty courses comprising at least 16 credit hours of credit were completed in a traditional classroom format.

*The program requires that LGS1005 Legal Research and Writing I be completed in a traditional classroom format. The student can complete any other three (3) legal specialty courses In a traditional classroom format with the approval of the Program Director in consultation with the Registrar. The courses completed on ground in a traditional classroom format must be comparable to the legal specialty courses offered at South University.

Students in South University, Savannah's partially online Legal Studies Program should contact their academic counselor for information on completing these requirements.

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

After completing our partially online Legal Studies degree program, graduates can be ready to:

  • Apply knowledge of procedural and substantive law to 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 complex skills required for 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.

Career Outlook

At South University, our partially online Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies can provide you with the relevant skills and experience to excel in an entry-level paralegal position within a:

  • law firm
  • bank
  • insurance company
  • governmental agency
  • corporation.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

Success STories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make an impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our Criminal Justice & Legal Studies graduates have to say.

Ellen Wright 2010
Ellen Wright Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

“I realized there were aspects of my job that I didn't like, but I was drawn to the regulatory side of it. My father always told me I had the mind for legal work, but at my age I wouldn't be able to recoup the investment in a law degree. So I started looking at legal assistant and paralegal job postings. The partially online format of South University's program was a good fit.”

Fritzlade Narcisse 2011
Fritzlade Narcisse Grad Alumni
Class of '11
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

“I always wanted to help people, and I always loved the law and immigration matters. When I took that immigration law class, I fell in love; I was hooked.”

Heather Schuckmann 2009
Heather Schuckmann Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

“When I left my military career, I had to refocus my goals for the future. My mom has always encouraged me that all things in life happen for a reason, and the hurdles are no reason to stop growing and learning. At South University, I've discovered more possibilities for using my talents in the future. The difference now is that my purpose here is not about passing a class or making a grade. My purpose is to make a difference by showing others what I know works in the world; that's why I love the practical teaching and learning environment at South. My professors don't just encourage me to try to operate outside of the real world, we learn, as students and professionals, how our experiences can affect real life changes in real circumstances.”

Steve Knafelc 2013
Steve Knafelc Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

“All of my classes were conducted online, and with my work schedule at the sheriff's office this was the best move for me to make.”

Vicki Tucci 1997
Vicki Tucci Grad Alumni
Class of '96
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

“Ultimately, I would like to use my experience and law degree to become a judge. As a young, single mom still fleshing out a career, I felt so clueless about many things. It was that hunger for knowledge that led me to South University’s program in paralegal studies. I got so much more than a classroom education. I found friends, professional contacts, and a world of inspiration from being around people who wanted to see me at my best.”

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