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.
Stevenson University's Legal Studies program was the first in the state and one of the first in the nation to be approved as a paralegal education program by the American Bar Association (ABA). Ours is the only ABA-approved bachelor's degree paralegal education program in Maryland.
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 outcomes for the Legal Studies program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
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.
FYS 100 First Year 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 LAW 480 Legal Studies Capstone POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures Six LAW electives two of which may be taken at the lower level
Last updated: 06/12/2017
Tracks & Minors
The minor in legal studies requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an LAW prefix. 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. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.
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.
The legal studies program is an excellent option for students interested in applying to law school. It is the only law program at Stevenson. Many of our program's graduates each year go on to law school and become lawyers. Legal studies students can combine law classes with a series of designated liberal arts courses that develop critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills. The same substantive and procedural law courses offered at law schools are offered in Stevenson's legal studies program. Legal studies program faculty are experienced lawyers and judges. A full-time legal studies faculty member, also an attorney, serves as a dedicated pre-law advisor and assists students with Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) preparation and law school applications. An upper-level law elective is available to help prepare students to take the LSAT. Graduates who attend law school find that the legal studies program at Stevenson gives them a competitive advantage.
Legal Studies Second Bachelor's Degree
A second bachelor's degree is available in legal studies, which includes 33 credits of LAW courses with at least 21 legal specialty credits required. Consult the website for additional information and for program requirements.
Earn a Minor
Use your legal skills to appeal to real estate employers. Students majoring in legal studies can prepare for a real estate career by earning a professional minor in Real Estate, leading to professions within law firms, real estate agencies, title companies, financial institutions, property management companies, development firms, insurance companies, and government agencies.
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
• Child/Family Law
• Criminal Law
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.