Gain the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles you need to thrive in the legal field with an online bachelor's degree in legal studies.

With an Bachelor of Science in legal studies from University of Maryland University College, you'll acquire the tools you need to confidently and competently thrive in legal environments. In this program, you'll learn to produce and review legal forms and documents, apply statutes to legal cases, and assess fact patterns.

With this degree, you'll be equipped to conduct legal analysis, write and draft legal documents, and perform research in the legal environment.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

This program has a related minor.

About the Legal Studies Bachelor's Degree

In your core legal studies degree courses, you'll examine the organization, function, and processes of the lawmaking institutions in the American legal system, as well as the role of the paralegal in the legal system and the governing rules of legal ethics.

Legal Studies Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Recommended Minors

Business Administration Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn principles and techniques to organize, plan, manage, and lead in various organizations.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in business administration requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HMGT, HRMN, and MRKT courses apply.

It is recommended that you take BMGT 364 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Communication Studies Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn specialized skills in workplace communication, including written and oral communication skills, and a greater understanding of human interactions.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in communication studies requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All COMM, JOUR, SPCH, and WRTG courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take COMM 300 early in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Criminal Justice Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about crime, law enforcement, courts, corrections, security, and investigative forensics.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in criminal justice requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All CCJS courses apply.

It is recommended that you take CCJS 100 or CCJS 105 as the first course in the major (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

English Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to analyze literature, think critically, and analyze relationships between literature to contemporary issues.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in English requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • ENGL 240
  • ENGL 281
  • ENGL 303
  • ENGL 310
  • ENGL 433

Homeland Security Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in homeland security requires the completion of the following courses:

  • HMLS 302
  • HMLS 406
  • HMLS 408
  • HMLS 414
  • HMLS 416

Philosophy Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the relationships between personal opinions and the real-world issues faced by members of a pluralistic, open society.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in philosophy requires the completion of the following courses:

  • PHIL 100
  • PHIL 110
  • PHIL 304
  • PHIL 336
  • PHIL 348

Political Science Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about systems of politics and government, including concepts; theories; policies; and the role of government at local, state, and national levels in domestic and foreign settings.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in political science requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All GVPT courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take GVPT 100, GVPT 101, or GVPT 170 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Public Safety Administration Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the principles of strategic planning, risk management, public policy, and ethical issues related to public safety administration.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in public safety administration requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All PSAD courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take PSAD 302 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to start and operate a successful small business and look for opportunities to create patterns of innovation within your organization. This minor is a great fit for those who are planning to start or manage a small business, such as a family-owned business, a franchise, a virtual business, or a home enterprise.

Courses in the Minor 

A minor in small business management and entrepreneurship requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • BMGT 302
  • BMGT 330
  • BMGT 335
  • BMGT 364
  • FINC 328

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for law school or for a career researching and producing legal information and documents. This degree may meet the requirements to work in a professional support position in legal advocacy, legal research, legal writing, and legal case review/support.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have professional experience in a law firm or court.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Honor society
    Available To: Undergraduate

    Lambda Epsilon Chi is the national honor society founded by the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), which recognizes the scholarship and leadership of students in higher education. There are over 170 chapters throughout the United States and thousands of inductees who have been honored for their outstanding academic achievements.