The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies is "Approved" by the American Bar Association and is designed to furnish the necessary academic skills for entry level employment as paralegals with law firms, private enterprises, and governmental agencies. Paralegals perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which an attorney is responsible. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Our program develops graduates with proven intellectual abilities and occupational competence in one of the fastest growing career fields-Paralegal.
It is an excellent undergraduate academic program for students who want to work as paralegals, work in a law-related field, or as a foundation to law/graduate school. This program of study provides students with a liberal arts degree emphasizing analytical and communication skills applicable in any law-related field. It exposes students to a broad spectrum of the law, including its theoretical, procedural, and practical aspects. Students benefit from challenging coursework as well as a wonderful liberal arts education. It provides solid academic preparation for students interested in graduate and law school. Law schools want students with a broad based education who have highly developed reading, analyzing, writing, and speaking skills emphasized in our legal studies major. Legal Studies graduates work in legal related areas of corporations, banks, and in U.S., Oklahoma, and Chickasaw Nation governmental agencies and institutions.
B.S. Degree for Major in Legal Studies; 124 semester hours are required. Students must take 45 semester hours of general education, 54 semester hours of major courses: legal specialty (27 required), political science, or law-related, and 25 semester hours of general electives. The Program Director is available to assist students to plan their course schedules.
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If you are new student and you are interested in majoring in Legal Studies at ECU, you must follow the registration procedures or contact Dr. Jenna Owens, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CURRENT DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (PDF document will open in new browser window)
CURRENT FOUR YEAR DEGREE PLAN (PDF document will open in new browser window)