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Legal Studies degree

Legal Studies, bachelor of science

One degree, many career paths.

Davenport’s Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies prepares you to enter law school or to immediately engage in a wide variety of legal careers in business settings.

  • Excellent pre-law degree for those planning to attend law school
  • Emphasis on legal research and process
  • Tuition scholarships from law firms and professional organizations available.

The BS in Legal Studies can be completed in-seat only to provide you with the necessary hands-on experience required to prepare you for professional opportunities in this field.

Download a PDF of the Legal Studies program.

Opportunities available include the following:

Pre-Law
Graduates from Davenport’s American Bar Association Approved Legal Studies Program have the legal research, writing and critical thinking skills necessary to excel in law school. 
 
Paralegal
Paralegals conduct investigations, do legal and factual research, draft documents and help prepare for and present at trials all under the supervision of attorneys. Although they cannot give legal advice, paralegals are an important part of the legal team.
 
Legal Work in Business and Other Settings
While working in an attorney's office is an option, graduates also work in a number of other legal settings. Some of these are as follows: 
  • Corporations                                                 
  • Title Insurance Agencies
  • Government Agencies                                  
  • Insurance Companies
  • Courts                                                           
  • Hospitals and Healthcare Systems
  • Financial Institutions                                    
  • Non-profit Organizations

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Full Curriculum

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE  •  120 CREDITS  •  PARALGL BS

The American Bar Association (ABA) approved Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies builds upon the foundation developed in the Associate of Science degree program and provides the opportunity for further study in the areas of litigation, computer applications, and legal specialties. The degree will prepare students to successfully transition to law school or to immediately perform the duties required of a paralegal through studies that focus on effective communication skills, critical thinking, litigation procedures, computer applications for law offices, ethics and various legal specialties. 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. The courses of the Bachelor of Science degree 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.


Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2016-2017 Recommended Program Sequence for Legal Studies, BS and printable pdf download

 

Foundations of Excellence39 cr.
ACES100 or OPENAchieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ECON201Macroeconomics3 cr.
ECON200Microeconomics3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
ENGL311Professional Writing3 cr.
ENVS125 or SCI/MATHIntroduction to Environmental Studies or Science/Math Elective3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
STAT220Introduction to Statistics3 cr.
HUMNHumanities Elective3 cr.
SOSCSocial Science Elective3 cr.
Foundations of Business19 cr.
ACCT201Accounting Foundations I4 cr.
BITS211Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheet3 cr.
BITS214Microcomputer Applications: Word Processing3 cr.
BUSN210Professional Ethics3 cr.
CISP112Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
MGMT211Management Foundations3 cr.
Major46 cr.
LEGL101Introduction to Legal Studies3 cr.
LEGL213Torts3 cr.
LEGL215Litigation3 cr.
LEGL216Legal Research3 cr.
LEGL218Legal Writing3 cr.
LEGL220Technology in the Law Office3 cr.
LEGL301Business Organizations3 cr.
LEGL308Estate Planning and Probate Law EL3 cr.
LEGL415Advanced Litigation3 cr.
LEGL490Legal Studies BS and Certificate Internship4 cr.
Choose 15 credits from the following:(15) cr.
LEGL204Family Law3 cr.
LEGL211Criminal Law3 cr.
LEGL300Evidence and Criminal Procedure3 cr.
LEGL303Bankruptcy Law3 cr.
LEGL305Real Estate Law EL3 cr.
LEGL384Comparative Legal Analysis/Study Abroad EL3 cr.
LEGL385Legal Studies: Special Topics EL3 cr.
LEGL386Study Abroad: Special Legal Topics EL 3 cr.
LEGL401Employment and Labor Law3 cr.
LEGL496Legal Ethics and Certificate Review3 cr.
Open Electives16 cr.