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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.
The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and goals:
Prerequisites for Major Courses
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 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 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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