Bachelor of Arts
in Legal Studies

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Program Overview

Take the first step towards a career in law. Whether your goal is to be a paralegal or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the bachelor of arts in legal studies program from FNU can help you get started.

Learning Outcomes

In this 120 credit Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the American legal system, including criminal law, torts and civil litigation. As a graduate, you should have the ability to think critically and communicate complex legal data clearly. It’s a stepping stone for a career in the legal profession or to gain admission to law school.

Course Overview

Communications (9 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3ENC 1101English Composition I*
3ENC 1102English Composition II*
3SPC 1017Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Humanities (6 Credits)

Behavioral/Social Science (6 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3CCJ 2001Criminology
3CCJ 2002Juvenile Delinquency

Natural Science (7 Credits Includes 1 Lab)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3BSC 1010General Biology
3BSC 1010 LGeneral Biology Lab
3BSC 1081Basic Anatomy & Physiology

Mathematics (7 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3MAC 1105College Algebra I*
4STA 2014Introduction to Statistics*

Computers (4 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
4CGS 1030Introduction to Information Technology
SLS 1501College Study Skills

Lower Level Courses (12 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PLA 2104Legal Research & Writing I
3PLA 2114Legal Research & Writing II
3PLA 2201Introduction to Civil Procedure
3PLA 2303Criminal Law and Procedure

Upper Level Courses (30 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PLA 3304Criminal Law (cross-reference: CJL4412)
3PLA 3115Legal Research & Writing II*
3PLA 3223Civil Litigation
3PLA 3308Criminal Procedure (cross-reference: CJL3410)
3PLA 3274Tort Law (cross-reference: CJL4044)
3PLA 4885Constitutional Law (cross-reference: CJL3063)
3PLA 3263The Law of Evidence (cross-reference: CJL 4133)
3PLA 3464Business Organizations
3PLA 3428The Law of Contracts
3PLA 4950Legal Studies Capstone

Suggested Lower Level Electives (9 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3PLA 1426Contracts and Business Entities
3BUL 2131Business Law
3PLA 2700Professional Ethics and Liability
3PLA 2273Introduction to Torts

Suggested Upper Level Electives (30 Credits)

Credit HoursCourse CodeCourse Name
3CCJ 3011Juvenile Justice
3CCJ 4644White Collar Crime
3CCJ 4662Minorities and Crime
3CJE 3721Forensic Psychology
3CJE 4694Cyber Crime
3CJL 4074Correctional Law
3PLA 3434Business Organizations
3PLA 3523Health Law & Ethics
3PLA 3613Property Law
3PLA 3803Domestic Relations Law
3PLA 4116Legal Research & Writing IV*
3PLA 4410Intellectual Property
3PLA 4844Immigration Law
  • *This course has prerequisites; check course descriptions.
  • All Credit Courses from within this division or any other division can be used as Suggested Electives.
  • A total of up to 60 credits may be transferred from the General Education and/or Elective courses taken during a degree program. FNU reserves the right to transfer the appropriate courses.