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New Orleans, Louisiana
Legal Studies Degree Program

Taking the next step in your legal career IS possible

  • ABA-approved*
  • Bachelor’s degree program length: 36 months
  • Transfer up to 93 approved credits
  • Prep for the Certified Paralegal Examination (NALA)
  • Earn dual credit towards an MBA program
  • Steppingstone to apply for law school (bachelor’s degree path)
Waived enrollment fee
Classes start September 8th
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Start a career in law with a degree in legal studies

Are you ready to become a new you? Take the first step towards a new career in the legal field by earning a bachelor’s degree in legal studies. 

The Herzing University Legal Studies ABA approved bachelor’s degree program in New Orleans, Louisiana is built for students seeking a comprehensive education in pre-law, particularly those with their sights set on eventually becoming a lawyer.

  • Take classes at our location just outside New Orleans in Metairie
  • Class topics include torts, family law, civil litigation, legal office administration and many additional courses in advanced legal studies
  • Education to help start your career as a paralegal
  • Small class sizes with a family feel

With Herzing University in New Orleans, Louisiana the next step in your career IS possible. We exist to help you follow the career path of your choosing to find the job you’ve always wanted.

Classes Start August 3rd

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Curriculum

Legal Studies program classes & curriculum details

Designed to provide students with a more advanced understanding of law, the Herzing Legal Studies program in New Orleans incorporates a selection of core business courses to provide a solid background in administration and management.

Graduates are prepared for careers in legal assisting and legal administration. The bachelor’s degree path is also ideal for those wishing to apply to law school and become a lawyer.

Program Months* Credits
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies 36 125
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Management Core Courses

All courses, 33.00 semester credit hours, are required.

or BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.00 semester credit hours.

or  3.00 semester credit hours or BU 550 - Research and Decision-Making 3.00 semester credit hours

Required Introductory Legal Studies Courses

All courses, 30.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Advanced Legal Studies Courses

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

or BU 550 - Research Methods and Decision- Making 3.00 semester credit hours or BU 600- Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.00 semester credit hours

Elective Courses

A minimum of 12.00 semester credit hours is required. At least 6.00 semester credit hours must be paralegal (PL) courses.

Required Project Management

3.00 semester credit hours are required.

or

  • BU 630- Project and Operations Management 3.00 semester credit hours

Required Capstone or Internship

3.00 semester credit hours are required.

* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.
** Enrollment in a student readiness training is required prior to the internship course. Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 33.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

An alternative: Associate of Science in Legal Assisting/Paralegal

Looking to get started faster as a paralegal/legal assistant? The Associate of Science in Legal Assisting/Paralegal degree program in New Orleans prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed for a career as a legal assistant/paralegal working under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Learn more about our paralegal associate degree program in New Orleans.

Requirements

Requirements

Legal studies program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements for the legal studies bachelor’s degree program at Herzing University New Orleans include:

  • A high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  • Fill out an enrollment application
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Enrollment fee WAIVED now through August 31st

Find out which degree program is right for you. Call 1-800-596-0724 to learn more about Herzing's programs.

Careers

What can I do with a legal studies degree?

The comprehensive training included in our legal studies program helps you build a strong foundation in pre-law and choose a unique career path. Holders of a bachelor’s degree in legal studies will be qualified to start their career as a paralegal.

Paralegals may work in many different capacities:

  • Public sector: government & military
  • Private sector
  • Freelance / contract

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

Learn more about what you can do with a degree in legal studies, including a list of some of the most common types of jobs graduates can consider pursuing.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Earning an undergraduate degree in legal studies helps you become eligible for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal Examination, position yourself for a job as a paralegal / legal assistant and open many doors for advancement in the legal field.

Herzing’s legal studies program helps you build a strong foundation for a long career in law.

Yes! Many lawyers begin their careers as a paralegal / legal assistant, gain valuable experience, continue their education in a graduate program, and advance to higher roles.

If your goal is to become a lawyer or eventually climb the ladder from a legal assisting position, our Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program provides a strong foundation in pre-law so you may qualify for and excel in law school.

There are a wide variety of career opportunities in law, including:

  • Lawyer / attorney
  • Paralegal / legal assistant
  • Border patrol & immigration
  • Criminal investigator
  • Criminology
  • Law enforcement
  • FBI, TSA, customs agent

Herzing’s legal studies program prepares many students for careers in business, real estate, government, research, legal office administration, and can be a strong foundation for a future career as a lawyer.

The education you will receive by earning a degree will make you an excellent candidate for many different types of jobs.

A legal studies degree may be used as a stepping stone to enter law school. The Herzing legal studies program is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of how the legal system works as it relates to law, courts, clients and lawyers. Classes include pre-law topics like legal research, contract law, torts, civil litigation, legal writing and law office procedures along with core management courses and electives.

Herzing University offers associate degree and bachelor’s degree paths in legal studies. Earning an associate degree will prepare you for a job as a paralegal / legal assistant, and earning a bachelor’s in legal studies (with foundation topics in pre-law) will best prepare you for further career possibilities in law.

There are many types of degrees in law, most of which are at the graduate level:

  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
  • Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Doctor of Juridicial Science (SJD)

Herzing University does not offer any graduate law degree programs.

However, if you are looking to start your career in law, Herzing’s undergraduate associate and bachelor’s degree options in legal studies are a great place to begin. Earning an excellent GPA in a degree program like Herzing’s and you can position yourself well to get accepted into law school and pursue the law degree of your choice.

Are there other graduate degree options?

Yes! Your bachelor’s degree in legal studies can also prepare you for Herzing’s Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. You can even begin to take MBA classes during your bachelor’s degree with our dual enrollment program. Many attorneys who work in business related fields may also choose to complete an MBA in addition to their JD.

According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), paralegals earn an average salary of $55,020 per year ($26.45 per hour). Keep in mind this is not an estimate for starting pay in an entry-level position—average pay will vary based on your experience, level of education and the state in which you work. Find the average paralegal salary by state.

The BLS reports a positive outlook for jobs over the next ten years, projecting a 12% increase in employment for paralegals and legal assistants from 2018-2028—well above the expected increase across all occupations.

Typical prerequisites to get into law school include:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Admissions test – take the LSAT
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Any requirements unique to the school

Law schools evaluate applicants primarily based on your undergraduate GPA and LSAT score.

Note: a bachelor’s degree related to pre-law is not required to apply to law school. However, if you’re choosing an undergraduate program and seeking a career in law, a legal studies program is a great choice, and can help you affirm your interest in the law as a profession.

Our online bachelor of science in legal studies program takes an average of 36 months to complete, meaning you can earn a degree and be ready to start your new career in law in about 3 years.

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Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

*The Associate of Science in Legal Assisting/Paralegal and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs at Herzing University - New Orleans are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60654-7598, 800-285-2221, www.americanbar.org).

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