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Legal Studies

Become part of a legal team.

If you have a passion for law and the desire to work as part of a legal team, the Legal Studies program is your springboard to law school or a career as a paralegal.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    Stevenson's Legal Studies program attracts students who have logical and analytical minds, possess organizational skills, and pay attention to detail. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. However, working under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals are vital members of the legal team, performing such functions as:

    • Legal research and writing
    • Gathering information electronically
    • Investigating cases
    • Interviewing witnesses
    • Drafting pleadings
    • Managing trial preparation and litigation support
    • Drafting contracts and real estate documents
    • Managing estates and guardianships
    • Preparing intellectual property applications and bankruptcy schedules

    What Will You Learn?

    • Conduct research using all appropriate resources to identify and obtain relevant legal authority.
    • Compose documents based on factual investigation, legal research, and analysis to inform and/or persuade.
    • Apply legal terminology, principles of law, and rules of ethical legal practice to the performance of paralegal services.
    • Operate as productive and professional members of a legal services delivery team using appropriate communication, technology, and time-management skills.
    • Perform substantive legal work under the direction of an attorney, as permitted by law. 

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the Legal Studies program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Legal Studies?

    The Legal Studies program prepares you for the next steps in your career after college. Whether your path is working in paralegal services or pursuing a J.D. degree, Stevenson will support you.

    • Internship emphasis. Students are placed in a variety of legal settings and perform internships in law firms of all sizes, insurance companies, real estate companies, legal aid providers, prosecutor's offices, public defender's offices, and other government agencies.
    • Pre-Law Option. The program is an excellent option for students interested in applying to law school. The same substantive and procedural courses offered at law schools are offered in Stevenson's program. A full-time Legal Studies faculty member serves as a dedicated pre-law advisor and assists students with law school applications. Graduates who attend law school find that the Legal Studies program at Stevenson gives them a competitive advantage.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Legal Studies. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Typically, students take lower-level (100- and 200- level) courses in their freshman or sophomore years, and upper-level (300- and 400- level) courses in their junior or senior years.

    Major Requirements

    SBL 100 School of Business New Student Seminar
    ACC 215 Survey of Accounting
    LAW 102 Introduction to Legal Studies
    LAW 112 Torts
    LAW 114 Estates and Trusts
    LAW 120 Contract Law
    LAW 125 Legal Research and Writing I
    LAW 130 Business Organizations Law
    LAW 204 Constitutional Law
    LAW 210 Legal Research and Writing II
    LAW 216 Civil Litigation and Pleading
    LAW 225A Internship: Part I
    LAW 225B Internship: Part II
    LAW 352 Law Office Technology
    Two lower-level (100- or 200- level) LAW electives
    Six upper-level (300- or 400- level) LAW electives
    LAW 480 Legal Studies Capstone
    POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions & Procedures

    Last Updated: 03/02/2016

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor is available in Legal Studies. The minor in Legal Studies is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals and is not approved by the American Bar Association. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

    BS/MS option

    The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in Legal Studies who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a master's degree in one of Stevenson's graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested student must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program see the School of Graduate and Professional Studies catalog.

    Pre-Law Option

    Stevenson University has no prescribed pre-law program. Pre-law programs are generally programs of advisement, working with students to select appropriate courses that develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Many students find Stevenson University's Legal Studies program, because it is a law program, to be an excellent pre-law option and many of our graduates each year go on to law school and become lawyers. Paralegal students can combine law classes with a series of designated liberal arts courses that develop critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills. Legal Studies program faculty are experienced lawyers and judges. Stevenson University has a dedicated pre-law advisor within the paralegal faculty who is an attorney and can guide students in LSAT preparation and law school admissions procedures. An upper-level law elective is available to help prepare students for the Law School Admissions Test.

    Last Updated: 03/02/2016

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Legal Studies program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Legal Research/Writing
• Employment Law
• Sports Law
• Litigation
• Child/Family Law
• Criminal Law

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.


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