Our practitioner-based program teaches you not only the theory of law but also its practice from our faculty, 100 percent of whom have practiced law or served as judges. By your second year, you will be working as a legal assistant or a paralegal, gaining valuable experience well before graduation.
Stevenson'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. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.
Our Legal Studies degree is a pre-law program—which means our curriculum consists of the same courses offered in law school at an undergraduate level—and you will work with one-on-one with a dedicated pre-law advisor.
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. Graduates of our Legal Studies program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:
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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||1 credit|
|LAW 102||Introduction to Legal Studies||3 credits|
|LAW 112||Torts||3 credits|
|LAW 114||Estates and Trusts||3 credits|
|LAW 120||Contract Law||3 credits|
|LAW 125||Legal Research and Writing I||3 credits|
|LAW 130||Business Organizations Law||3 credits|
|LAW 204||Constitutional Law||3 credits|
|LAW 210||Legal Research and Writing II||3 credits|
|LAW 216||Civil Litigation and Pleading||3 credits|
|LAW 225A||Internship: Part I||1 credit|
|LAW 225B||Internship: Part II||3 credits|
|LAW 352||Law Office Technology||3 credits|
|LAW 480||Legal Studies Capstone||3 credits|
|POSCI 102||American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures||3 credits|
18 LAW elective credits, up to 6 credits which may be taken at the lower level.
Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.
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 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 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.
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 students may apply to the BS/MS program upon completion of 60 undergraduate credits. 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 SUO catalog.
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.
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.