Legal Studies

Preparing You for Success in the Legal Profession


Stevenson University’s Legal Studies program focuses on preparing students for career success by emphasizing the skills students need to succeed in both paralegal careers and admission to law school. Our program was the first in Maryland, and one of the first in the nation, to be approved as a paralegal education program by the American Bar Association (ABA).

At Stevenson, our small classes give you the opportunity to build one-on-one professional mentoring relationships with our experienced faculty—100 percent of whom have practiced law or served as judges. Beginning in your second year, you will work as a legal assistant or a paralegal, gaining valuable experience well before graduation. You can also join our nationally-ranked mock trial team, and you will develop your skills as an attorney while practicing law in our state-of-the-art Mock Trial Courtroom.

Legal Studies is a pre-law program, and our curriculum consists of the same courses offered in law school at an undergraduate level. Throughout your time at Stevenson, you will work one-on-one with a dedicated pre-law advisor to help set you up for future success—whether you choose to pursue law school or apply your legal skills to a variety of careers.

Graduates of the Legal Studies program will:

  • 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 legal 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.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Legal Studies Law Day

Legal Studies’ annual Law Day connects Stevenson Legal Studies students with career and internship opportunities.

Approved by the American Bar Association

Stevenson University’s Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program is an American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal education program. Approval applies to both the on-campus and online teaching modalities.

Stevenson Legal Studies

Career Connections

Internship Placements

  • Baltimore City Public Defender’s Office
  • Law Office of Michael A. Freedman
  • Legal Aid Bureau, Housing/Consumer Law Unit
  • Maryland Volunteer Legal Services
  • United States Attorney, District of Maryland

Top Employers

  • Baltimore County Government
  • Capriolo & Unglesbee,
    P.A. Chaney law Firm
  • Law Offices of Jonathan Ackerman
  • Office of the Public Defender Parra
    Consulting Group
  • TWS Expedited Logistics, LLC United States Postal Service

Graduate Opportunities

  • Florida Costal School of
  • New York Law School
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Widener University
    School of Law
  • William and Mary School
    of Law

Career Pathways

  • Child/Family Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Lobbying
  • Sports Law
Legal Studies student and professor

Practice What You Preach: Stevenson’s Mock Trial

Stevenson Legal Studies students can participate in our Mock Trial, preparing them for careers in the legal profession. Our Mock Trial teams have competed against teams from across the mid-Atlantic, including Johns Hopkins University, Bucknell University, Howard University, UMBC, and Haverford College.

Study Legal Studies at Stevenson


The courses in the preview below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. Students must complete all remaining major requirements in addition to the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) courses.

Course Preview

LAW 102Introduction to Legal Studies3 credits
LAW 114Estates and Trusts3 credits
LAW 204Constitutional Law3 credits
LAW 210Legal Research and Writing II3 credits
LAW 352Law Office Technology3 credits
POSCI 102American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures3 credits

Academic Catalog

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, and suggested course sequence for Stevenson’s Legal Studies program.

FYS 100First Year Seminar1 credit
LAW 102Introduction to Legal Studies3 credits
LAW 112Torts3 credits
LAW 114Estates and Trusts3 credits
LAW 120Contract Law3 credits
LAW 125Legal Research and Writing I3 credits
LAW 130Business Organizations Law3 credits
LAW 204Constitutional Law3 credits
LAW 210Legal Research and Writing II3 credits
LAW 216Civil Litigation and Pleading3 credits
LAW 225AInternship: Part I1 credit
LAW 225BInternship: Part II3 credits
LAW 352Law Office Technology3 credits
LAW 480Legal Studies Capstone3 credits
POSCI 102American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures3 credits

Minors and Other Options

Minor in Legal Studies 

The minor in legal studies requires successful completion of a minimum of 18 credits of LAW courses that are program requirements for the major. The minor in legal studies is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals and is not approved by the American Bar AssociationAll 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.

Minors at Stevenson

Add a Professional Minor

Open yourself up to additional career paths with one of our professional minors. Each minor is designed to pair with students’ majors to give them additional career options, a competitive edge in the job market, and an opportunity to shape their Stevenson experience to meet their specific career goals. 

Find a Professional Minor

Pre-Law Option

The legal studies program is an excellent option for students interested in applying to law school. Many of our program’s graduates 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.

Bachelor’s to Master’s Option

BS/MS options are available for students majoring in Legal Studies who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework while working toward a Stevenson University Master’s Degree in one of the following:

Explore more Bachelor’s to Master’s options

3+3 Early Entry Program Option

A 3+3 Early Entry Program Option with the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB Law) is available to legal studies majors.  Students who complete the 3+3 curriculum can apply to UB Law during their junior years.  If admitted, students begin law school in lieu of their senior years, and graduate from Stevenson University after successful completion of the first year of law school.

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. All LAW courses and legal specialty courses must be taken at Stevenson.

Scholarship Opportunities

Mock Trial Scholarship

Freshman applicants interested in participating in Stevenson’s nationally recognized Mock Trial team can apply for the Mock Trial Scholarship. Incoming fall students will need to submit a Mock Trial Scholarship application by January 15. Finalists will be invited via email to attend an on-campus audition and interview day in the spring.

Meet Our Students & Alumni

An Appeal for Advocacy

Jaden Thorton
Legal Studies Major

As an All-Regional Attorney on Stevenson’s award-winning Mock Trial Team, Jaden has been practicing his craft in courtrooms across the country with his team. “We learn skills on how to present a position and argue that point against another person. This creates the ability to think quickly on your feet and convince a third party (or jury) that you are correct.”

Stevenson Legal Studies

At a Glance


of our students have experience in legal internships starting as early as sophomore year.


of qualified applicants from SU’s Legal Studies program are accepted to law school.


3+3 program with UB Law provides an opportunity for early entry to Law School

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