As an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree program, the legal studies degree will provide students with a working platform to understand the function, procedures, and organization of entities and their interrelationship with the legal system. Coursework typically will cover necessary aspects of the fundamentals of law, criminal justice system, legal systems, contract management, research methodologies, consumer rights, and the interworking’s of the U.S. court system.
Students pursuing a degree in legal studies will develop the skills necessary to work in a legal profession at the assistant or paralegal level. Students in a legal studies program will be give a broad education on the various facets and methods of law, and how they are applicable in real world settings. The degree is generally given at the associate and bachelor setting, sometimes as part of another discipline, such as business administration or criminal justice. Individuals may also choose to pursue a graduate degree in law, for which a legal studies degree is beneficial though not necessary. Graduate level degrees in legal studies are also available at the master and doctoral level.
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