Begin on your path to a career in law

Bachelor of Science - Legal Studies (120 credits)

Are you thinking about pursuing jobs in legal studies or getting your law degree? The bachelor of science in legal studies at Davenport University can put you on the path to a school of law, help you develop the skills you need for a paralegal program or prepare you for work in a law office, government agency or other law-related setting. 

Approved by the American Bar Association and accredited by International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), Davenport’s legal studies program combines theory and practical application so you’re prepared for wherever your future takes you. In fact, Davenport's hands-on learning approach is embedded at every level of the bachelor of legal studies program so you master the effective communication, critical thinking and other skills you need for a variety of jobs in legal studies. Take courses toward your bachelor of legal studies on Davenport's W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids or at our Lansing Campus

Experience the real world with the bachelor of legal studies

Through study abroad programs, internships and other hands-on opportunities provided in the classroom, you'll gain the real-world skills and experience that will help you stand out in your law school applications — and for jobs in legal studies. Another way to gain experience: participate in the Davenport Estate Planning Services (DEPS) clinic, which provides free estate planning for underserved populations. 

Explore classes for Davenport's degree in legal studies

Through the bachelor of legal studies program, you'll take courses in business and legal ethics, litigation procedure, law office and case management technology and substantive practice areas of law. These courses and others will help you stand out from the competition for jobs in legal studies or get into a school of law.

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Accredited
Davenport has specialized accreditation through the IACBE
95%
Nearly 95% of grads are employed within 6 months of graduating

Why get a degree in legal studies at Davenport?

In the bachelor of legal studies program at Davenport, you’ll learn from legal professionals who are at various stages of their career, from professors with decades of experience to practicing attorneys who bring the most current legal trends to the classroom. Their connections to the legal community run deep and can mean potential internship or career opportunities for you.

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Experience the Davenport difference:

Davenport’s bachelor of legal studies program will prepare you to continue your legal education or to go right to work in the field.

 

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Get into a school of law 

Receive outstanding preparation and support to get into law school through Davenport’s bachelor of legal studies program.

 

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Hands-on practice

Apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world through hands-on coursework and internships.

 

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Paralegal preparation 

Become an important part of a legal team through a degree in legal studies that also prepares you to work as a paralegal. 

 

Get started on your degree in legal studies

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your bachelor of legal studies degree at Davenport.

Talk to an admissions advisor

Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at info@davenport.edu.

Apply now or request more information

Start on your path to a future career in the legal field. Request more information or begin your application now.

Additional resources

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
View a full list of those programs and courses