Earn a bachelor's degree and advance your legal career
- Available online or on-campus in Atlanta, GA and New Orleans, LA
- Typical program length: 36 months (3 years)
- Transfer up to 93 approved credits1
- Build a strong foundation in pre-law concepts
- Earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
- Steppingstone to apply for law school (bachelor's degree path)
Build the foundation for your career path in law
Earn the education you need to follow your legal career to greater heights.
The Herzing University Legal Studies degree program is designed for students either looking to begin their career as a paralegal / legal assistant or advance their legal career to the next level. Our Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies provides an in-depth understanding of the legal system, including a strong foundation in pre-law.
- ABA-approved on-campus programs in Atlanta and New Orleans2
- Or learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: at your pace, on your schedule3
- Strong support from experienced faculty
- Enroll in Herzing’s bachelor degree program and earn up to 12 dual credits towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in a concentration(s) of your choosing.
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A career as a paralegal or legal assistant could be right for you, if you:
- Are comfortable in a highly structured environment
- Are precise and pay attention to details
- Enjoy research and paperwork
- Have excellent written and oral communications skills
- Have strong computer skills
- Wish to continually expand your capabilities
- Work well alone or as part of a team
- Handle on-the-job pressure
- Are inquisitive and like to find answers to questions
Unauthorized Practice of Law
The duties of a legal assistant/paralegal include assisting the lawyer with research, brief preparation, and other legal office administration, but do not include practicing law, advising clients, or setting fees since paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Legal Studies Career Paths
Opportunities for paralegal work exist in all areas of law, including family law, bankruptcy, employee benefits, personal injury, litigation, copyrighting, criminal law, labor law, immigration, and real estate. While seven out of ten paralegals work for law firms, many others are employed by the government or corporate legal departments.
All paralegals assist lawyers with the creation of legal documents and conduct research on laws, court cases and contracts, but some duties will vary depending on the employer. Those entering this field with little or no prior experience will typically perform routine tasks, taking on the additional responsibility of more varied tasks after gaining the appropriate experience.
Graduates of this program will also be eligible to work as a legal assistant or paralegal. The duties of a legal assistant/paralegal include assisting the lawyer with research, brief preparation, and other legal office administration, but do not include practicing law, advising clients, or setting fees since paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
- Private sector paralegals - Legal assistants working for law firms or corporations often assists on such topics as employee benefits plans, shareholder agreements, financial reporting, and government labor regulations.
- Public sector paralegals - Duties for legal assistants working for government agencies depend on the specific focus of that agency. Those employed at the community level may assist with projects that help people who otherwise could not afford legal services. If working in litigation, the paralegal may assist with file maintenance, policy research, the preparation of explanatory documents about regulations and policy relating to that agency, and compiling data for agency hearings.
- Freelance paralegals - In some states, paralegals are able to freelance for lawyers, law firms or legal departments. They may work in a specialty area of the law or provide general assistance on exceptionally large or short-deadline projects.
Discover how much paralegals make and compare across each US state, or learn more about what jobs you can potentially get with a legal studies degree.
Legal assistants are typically employed in an office setting and spend their time on the computer or in a legal library. Legal assistants may work part or full-time depending on the employer’s needs. Full-time employees typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including health care and retirement savings plan(s). A 40-hour work week is standard for most full-time paralegals however those employed by law firms may be required to work additional hours to meet court deadlines. Legal assistants may need to take precautions against eye strain and carpal tunnel, symptoms which occur more often for workers spending many hours at a computer.
Professionals in the paralegal field advance by taking on greater responsibility; this includes a greater diversification of duties, tasks that prove critical to case work or deadlines, and supervising other department personnel. Upon completing an associate degree in paralegal/legal assisting, experience is the largest factor in advancement; however, obtaining a bachelor degree will help most paralegals advance at a faster pace and earn a higher income. Certifications are also available for paralegals who wish to maximize promotional and employment opportunities.
Legal Assisting and Paralegal — Career Outlook
Legal assistants and paralegals are taking over many duties once performed by lawyers. This saves an employer money and increases demand for qualified legal assistants.
Legal Studies Program Curriculum
Herzing University provides legal studies students with many career options. Our graduates work in law firms and corporate legal departments as well as government agencies as legal assistants, paralegals, research assistants and supervisors.
Note: Only the Herzing University paralegal programs at New Orleans and Atlanta are approved by the American Bar Association.
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Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
Designed to provide students with a more advanced understanding of law, this program also incorporates a selection of core business courses to provide a solid background in management and administration. Graduates are prepared for careers in legal assistance, legal administration, business and management training. This degree is also ideal for those wishing to continue on to law school. View Program Course Sheet
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Legal Studies
In this program, students learn about different types of law as well as gain the skills needed to conduct legal research and prepare legal documents. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Certified Legal Assisting and Certified Paralegal exams through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). They are ready for a professional role in any area of law.
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What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Legal Studies or the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs are eligible to take the Certified Paralegal examination offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
Legal Studies Degree Programs
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This program is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the legal system as it relates to the law, the courts, clients, and lawyers. The core curriculum provides a solid foundation of legal, ethical, technical, and communication skills. Students will be prepared for entry-level or management training positions in office administration or other business enterprises requiring a legal studies background.
The program prepares students with the skills and academic knowledge necessary for a career as a legal assistant/paralegal working under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as "a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, government agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." These career opportunities may be in small or large firms working as a legal assistant/paralegal. The duties of a legal assistant/paralegal include assisting the lawyer with research, brief preparation, and other legal office administration. Duties do not include practicing law, advising clients, or setting fees since paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
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Accreditation & Disclosures
1. Atlanta/New Orleans Only – Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies – A minimum of 27 semester credit hours in legal specialty credits (PL) must be taken in residence.
2. The Associate of Science in Legal Assisting/Paralegal and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs at Herzing University - New Orleans and Herzing University - Atlanta are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60654-7598, 800-285-2221, www.americanbar.org).
Only the Herzing University legal studies programs at New Orleans and Atlanta are approved by the American Bar Association.
3. The Herzing University Legal Studies programs offered online are not approved by the ABA.
Going back to school at the age of 50 was scary and challenging, but my instructors were great! Everyone I met was understanding, patient, sincere and passionate about their jobs. My instructors really cared about my success and they helped me believe in myself. Everything that I learned in the classroom, combined with my past experience in the workforce, has helped me achieve a better understanding of the legal field and has put my career in new perspective.
Legal Studies Program