Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Legal Studies is designed to provide undergraduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in environments which require an understanding of legal concepts. The curriculum addresses the application of writing, research, analysis, ethics, and communication in a legal setting and includes a focus on American constitutional governance.  The major in Legal Studies offers a general concentration as well as specific concentrations in the Paralegal Profession and in Business Law. This degree provides a strong foundation for students seeking challenging work in diverse legal settings, and for further study in legal and related disciplines.  Students completing the BA in Legal Studies with Paralegal Professional Concentration will meet the qualifications required to sit for the Paralegal Core Competencies Exam (NFPA), to sit for the Certified Paralegal Exam (NALA), and to work as a paralegal within the state of California.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Legal Studies is to empower students to be dynamic, ethical problem-solvers who effectively apply critical thinking, analytical and research skills in a legal context.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Legal Writing: Demonstrate proficiency in legal writing.
  • Governance: Demonstrate an understanding of modern American constitutional governance.
  • Ethics:  Apply ethical practices to situations in a legal environment.
  • Legal Research: Demonstrate proficiency in current legal research methods.  
  • Communication: Apply communication skills in such areas as negotiation, arbitration, mediation, dispute resolution, and interviewing.
  • Legal Analysis: Apply critical thinking and analytical skills in a legal environment.

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a letter grade of "C" or higher. Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements.

Major Core Requirements
CJCU 460White Collar Crime3
LEST 300Foundations of Law3
LEST 303Legal Research and Writing3
LEST 304Constitutional Governance3
LEST 306Business Organizations3
LEST 320Torts3
LEST 322Contracts3
LEST 324Interviewing, Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LEST 402Litigation and Trial Advocacy3
LEST 462Ethics in a Legal Environment3
LEST 495Legal Studies Capstone3
Major Core Requirements Subtotal33
Electives or Concentrations
Students choose four approved elective courses or may select from the concentrations below.12
Electives or Concentrations Subtotal12
Total Credits45

Electives

Select four courses from the following approved electives:12
Victim Advocacy
Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences
Intercultural Communication
Contemporary Legal Issues
Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology
Law Practice Management
Independent Study
Experiential Learning
Youth At Risk
Total Credits12

Concentration

Paralegal Profession Concentration

Take the following three courses
LEST 416Contemporary Legal Issues3
LEST 418Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology3
LEST 420Law Practice Management3
Select one of the following:3
Victim Advocacy
Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences
Intercultural Communication
Employment Law
Intellectual Property
Transactional Law
Law Practice Management
Independent Study
Experiential Learning
Youth At Risk
Total Credits12

Business Law Concentration 

LEST 410Employment Law3
LEST 412Intellectual Property3
LEST 414Transactional Law3
Select one of the following:3
Victim Advocacy
Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences
Intercultural Communication
Contemporary Legal Issues
Electronic Discovery and Legal Technology
Law Practice Management
Independent Study
Experiential Learning
Youth At Risk
Total Credits12