Prepare to transition to law school or become a paralegal

Legal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (27 credits)

Designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue a career in the law, Davenport's post-baccalaureate legal studies certificate will prepare you for a future in law. Approved by the American Bar Association and accredited by International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), Davenport’s legal studies certificate 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 throughout the legal studies curriculum so you master the effective communication, critical thinking and other skills you need for a variety of jobs in legal studies. 

The courses of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Legal Studies is an excellent pre-law degree and provides valuable preparation for careers in law firms, corporations, government agencies, the judiciary, non-profits and other law-related settings.

Davenport understands students' schedules are hectic. To provide further flexibility within the legal studies program, we are transitioning to a fully online experience by offering 100% of courses in Livestream format through our Global Campus. This allows you to stream and participate in classes from anywhere life takes you! The BS in legal studies also qualifies for our Employment Guarantee

The legal studies post-baccalaureate certificate at Davenport University will prepare students to successfully transition to law school or to immediately perform the duties required of a paralegal. Although the paralegal plays a key role in providing legal services to clients, only attorneys may accept cases, give legal advice, represent clients in court, or provide other direct legal services to clients.

Explore classes for post-baccalaureate legal studies certificate

Through studies that focus on effective communication skills, critical thinking, litigation procedures, computer applications for the law offices, ethics, and various legal specialties, Davenport's legal studies certificate will prepare students for law school or to perform the duties required of a paralegal. 

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Davenport has specialized accreditation through the IACBE
of Davenport grads are employed within six months of graduating

Why get a legal studies post-baccalaureate certificate at Davenport?

In the legal studies certificate 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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Prepared for a legal career

Davenport’s certificate in legal studies will prepare you to continue your legal education or to go right to work as a paralegal.


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Get into a school of law 

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


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Get hands-on experience

Learn from legal professionals and get hands-on experience through coursework. 


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IACBE accreditation

Receive a certificate in legal studies online or on campus that holds specialized accreditation by the IACBE



Get started on your certificate in legal studies

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your certificate in legal studies at Davenport.

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

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.

Davenport programs related to the legal studies certificate

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
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