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The American Bar Association (ABA) approved Legal Studies Certificate is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue a career in the law. The certificate 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 the 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 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.

The Department of Education requires Davenport University to provide certain information (Gainful Employment Disclosure) regarding this certificate program to aid students in making a decision to enroll. The Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this Post-Baccalaureate Certificate can be found at

Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2018-2019 Recommended Program Sequence for Legal Studies, PBC and printable pdf download

Major27 cr.
LEGL101Introduction to Legal Studies3 cr.
LEGL215Litigation3 cr.
LEGL216Legal Research3 cr.
LEGL220Technology in the Law Office3 cr.
LEGL415Advanced Litigation3 cr.
LEGL490Legal Studies BS and Certificate Internship3 cr.
Choose 9 credits from the following courses:(9) cr.
LEGL204Family Law3 cr.
LEGL211Criminal Law3 cr.
LEGL213Torts3 cr.
LEGL218Legal Writing3 cr.
LEGL300Evidence and Criminal Procedure3 cr.
LEGL301Business Organizations3 cr.
LEGL303Bankruptcy Law3 cr.
LEGL305Real Estate Law EL3 cr.
LEGL308Estate Planning and Probate Law EL3 cr.
LEGL384Comparative Legal Analysis/Study Abroad EL3 cr.
LEGL386Study Abroad: Special Legal Topics EL 3 cr.
LEGL401Employment and Labor Law3 cr.
LEGL496Legal Ethics and Certificate Review3 cr.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Gainful Employment Disclosure