Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

Over the past five years, the number of Southeastern graduates going on to law school has continued to increase. Accordingly, Southeastern now offers a bachelor’s degree in legal studies to help meet this growing interest. Aimed at strengthening the skill set of SEU students as they enter law school, our legal studies degree gives graduates a competitive advantage over their first-year colleagues.

Degree Overview

Legal studies is a growing field that addresses students’ desire for a marketable and flexible degree. The interdisciplinary nature of the program prepares students for law school as well as for employment in other legal areas. With our two-track system, students have the ability to tailor their degree plans to develop the appropriate skills for their desired career paths — whether preparing for law school, for managing a law office as a paralegal, or for work in another legal area.

Legal Studies Core Courses

In addition to 54 credit hours of general education courses and 25 credit hours of general electives, legal studies majors will complete 36 credit hours of major-specific classes and 12 credit hours in either the pre-law or the paralegal concentrations. This totals to 127 credit hours in all. The legal studies core includes the following classes:

  • Introduction to Legal Theory and the Practice of Law
  • Business Law I
  • Business Law II
  • United States Constitution
  • United States Government
  • Criminal Justice System
  • American Criminal Courts
  • Business Communication I
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Moot Court
  • Pre-Law Internship
  • Advanced Legal Research and Theory (Capstone)

Pre-Law Concentration

Students preparing to go directly to law school may prefer to complete the pre-law concentration, which includes the following courses:

  • Law School Preparatory Course
  • Legal Drafting
  • Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
  • Forensic Science

Paralegal Concentration

Students interested in managing a law office or working in another legal area may pursue the paralegal concentration, which includes the following courses:

  • Law Office Management
  • Legal Drafting
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Human Resource Management

What’s Next?

Southeastern’s Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies will give you a competitive edge when applying to law schools as well as open the door to a career in various professional areas such as the following:

  • Law enforcement
  • Law offices
  • Government
  • State and local municipalities
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Hospitals
  • Health care organizations

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