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Legal Studies, BA

Program Description

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Art’s degree in Legal Studies can opt between the traditional Bachelor of Art’s degree program and the Bachelor of Arts degree program with a Law Office Management Concentration.

Keiser University’s traditional Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies trains students for careers in law and law-related fields (business, government and criminal justice) and also prepares students to pursue a law degree.  Students learn the necessary information and skills for successful integration into a law office atmosphere.  They also learn the ways in which the law impacts most professional fields. The program permits students to take up to six elective courses, three of which must come from the Legal Studies curriculum, and may also provide students with the opportunity for an internship.

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies with a Law Office Management concentration trains students for both traditional paralegal positions and law office manager positions. As law office managers, graduates will help oversee the day-to-day operations and management of a law firm.  Students will take the majority of their courses from the Legal Studies curriculum and five courses from the Business and Accounting departments, covering topics such as accounting principles and employee relations.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and goals:

  • Students will develop legal research skills;
  • Students will develop legal drafting skills;
  • Students will be able to analyze substantive law;
  • Students will understand civil and criminal procedure;
  • Students will be able to advance litigation case files using law office technology;
  • Students will recognize legal ethical dilemmas.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Legal Research and Writing I is a prerequisite for Legal Research and Writing II;
  • Civil Litigation is a prerequisite for Advanced Civil Litigation;
  • Torts is a prerequisite for Advanced Torts;
  • Legal Research and Writing I, Contracts and Civil Litigation are prerequisites for Legal Drafting.

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies, students must earn 120.0 credit hours as described below.  The length of this program is approximately 40 months (this will vary if a student transfers in credits).

Lower Division Courses

Lower Division Legal Studies Major Courses (24.0 credit hours)
Legal Research & Writing I 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Law 3.0 credit hours
Contracts 3.0 credit hours
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3.0 credit hours
Civil Litigation 3.0 credit hours
Torts 3.0 credit hours
Real Property 3.0 credit hours
Family Law 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (6.0 credit hours)
AMH1010 - American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
AMH1020 - American History Since 1876 3.0 credit hours
POS1041 - Political Science (required) 3.0 credit hours
PSY1012 - Introduction to Psychology * 3.0 credit hours
SYG1000 - Sociology * 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
SPC1017 - Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
CGS1000C - Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
Economics (3.0 credit hours)
ECO1023 - Microeconomics 3.0 credit hours
ECO2013 - Macroeconomics 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
ENC1101 - English Composition I * 3.0 credit hours
ENC2102 - English Composition II * 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
AML1000 - American Literature * 3.0 credit hours
CWL1000 - Contemporary World Literature * 3.0 credit hours
ENL1000 - English Literature * 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
MAC2105 - College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
MGF2106 - College Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
MGF2107 - Applications of Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
STA2023 - Statistics 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
BSC1005 - General Biology 3.0 credit hours
BSC1005L - General Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
BSC1006 - Advanced Biology 3.0 credit hours
BSC1006L - Advanced Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
BSC1050 - Environmental Science 3.0 credit hours

* Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher for Gordon Rule credit.

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Legal Studies Major Courses (48.0 credit hours)
Legal Research & Writing II 3.0 credit hours
Legal Drafting (E) 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Procedure 3.0 credit hours
Business Organizations 3.0 credit hours
Income Tax ** (E) 3.0 credit hours
Ethics 3.0 credit hours
Worker’s Compensation ** (E) 3.0 credit hours
Legal Interviewing & Investigation 3.0 credit hours
Alternative Dispute Resolution (E) 3.0 credit hours
Evidence ** 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Civil Litigation ** 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Torts ** 3.0 credit hours
Law Office Technology 3.0 credit hours
Immigration Law (E) 3.0 credit hours
Constitutional Law 3.0 credit hours
Legal Studies Capstone Project 3.0 credit hours
Legal Studies Internship I * (E) 3.0 credit hours
Legal Studies Internship II * (E) 3.0 credit hours

* Internship electives are available only at participating ground campuses.
** Students enrolled in the Law Office Management Concentration will take the following five (5) courses in lieu of Income Tax, Workers’ Compensation, Evidence, Advanced Civil Litigation, and Advanced Torts.

For Students enrolled in the Law Office Management Concentration
Accounting for Non-Financial Majors 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Recruitment, Selection and Staffing 3.0 credit hours
Management Law and Employee Relations 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses (12.0 credit hours)
Management Information Systems 3.0 credit hours
Workforce Diversity 3.0 credit hours
Professional Writing 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours

Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken. Courses with an (E) are electives.

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