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Legal Studies
Online Degree Program

Learn online and take the next step in your career

  • Bachelor’s degree program length: 36 months
  • 100% online coursework + capstone or internship (if available in your state)
  • 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)
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Classes start September 8th
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Earn a legal studies degree online and start fresh

A new, exciting career in law awaits. The first step to get started is earn a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and build the foundation in pre-law you need to qualify for many different career options in law.

The Herzing University online legal studies bachelor’s degree program is built for students seeking a foundational education in pre-law, especially those seeking to eventually apply for law school.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Class topics include family law, torts, civil litigation, legal research, legal office administration and additional core courses in legal studies
  • Education to help start your career as a paralegal
  • Small class sizes with a family feel

With Herzing University taking the next step in your career online IS possible. We exist to help you follow the educational path of your choosing to pursue the career of your dreams.

Classes Start August 3rd

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Curriculum

Legal Studies program online classes & curriculum details

Designed to provide students with a more advanced understanding of law, the Herzing online legal studies program incorporates core business courses to provide a strong background in administration and management.

Graduates are prepared for careers in legal administration, legal assisting, business and management training. The bachelor’s degree path is also a great starting point for those seeking to apply to law school to become a lawyer.

All classes are delivered online with a capstone or internship (if available in your state).

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 online paralegal associate degree program.

Requirements

Requirements

Legal studies program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements for the online legal studies bachelor’s degree program at Herzing University 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 training included in our online legal studies program helps you build a foundation in pre-law so you may pursue a wide variety of career paths. Holders of a bachelor’s degree in legal studies may qualify for many different types of jobs.

Examples of jobs you may pursue with a legal studies degree include:

  • Business positions such as HR representative or compliance
  • Political lobbyist & legislative liaisons
  • City/county, state or federal government jobs
  • Probation officer & parole officer
  • Real estate agent
  • University advising, career departments, libraries & research
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Disclosures
Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

Note: Only the Herzing University legal studies programs in New Orleans and Atlanta are approved by the American Bar Association. The online legal studies program is not ABA approved.

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