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Taking the next step in your legal career IS possible
|Accreditation||ABA approved,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission|
|Transfer credit||Up to 93 approved credits1|
|Certification||Prep for the Certified Paralegal Examination (NALA)|
|Pathways||Earn dual credit towards an MBA program; steppingstone to apply for law school (bachelor’s degree path)|
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.
|Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies||36||125|
All courses, 33.00 semester credit hours, are required. or BU 600 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.00 semester credit hours. All courses, 30.00 semester credit hours, are required. All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required. A minimum of 12.00 semester credit hours is required. At least 6.00 semester credit hours must be paralegal (PL) courses. 3.00 semester credit hours are required. or 3.00 semester credit hours are required. 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 2.00 semester credit hours are required.
Required Management Core Courses
Required Introductory Legal Studies Courses
Required Advanced Legal Studies Courses
Required Project Management
Required Capstone or Internship
Required Courses in General Education
Personal and Professional Development Courses
All courses, 33.00 semester credit hours, are required.
or BU 600 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.00 semester credit hours.
All courses, 30.00 semester credit hours, are required.
All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.
A minimum of 12.00 semester credit hours is required. At least 6.00 semester credit hours must be paralegal (PL) courses.
3.00 semester credit hours are required.
3.00 semester credit hours are required.
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
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.
Tuition & Cost
When you accept the 10% tuition discount from our Financial Commitment Scholarship, the cost of tuition for the legal studies program is $446 per credit.1
You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.
Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.
You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.
Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.
i. Financial Commitment Scholarship eligibility requirements: Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000 in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.
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
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), paralegals earn an average salary of $58,330 per year ($28.04 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 2020-2030—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.
There are a wide variety of career opportunities in law, including:
- Lawyer / attorney
- Paralegal / legal assistant
- Border patrol & immigration
- Criminal investigator
- 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.
Accreditation & Disclosures
1. 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).
Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.