September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
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September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies (BSLS)

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Only the Herzing University paralegal programs at New Orleans and Atlanta are approved by the American Bar Association. (ABA). The Herzing Legal Studies program offered online is not approved by the ABA.

(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

This program is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the legal system as it relates to the law, the courts, clients, and lawyers. The core curriculum provides a solid foundation of legal, ethical, technical, and communication skills. Students will be prepared for entry-level or management training positions in office administration or other business enterprises requiring a legal studies background.

Special Admissions

Students at the Atlanta and New Orleans campuses must complete all paralegal courses at the campus in a traditional classroom format.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the US legal system.
  2. Describe the changing functions of the paralegal as the delivery of legal services evolves.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency of standard technology and research tools used in legal environments
  4. Evaluate ethical decision making practices in a legal environment.
  5. Draft a variety of legal documents
  6. Evaluate alternatives to litigation.
  7. Formulate appropriate business solutions.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, paralegal and legal assistant.

Program Content

A minimum of 126.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Management Core Courses

All courses, 30.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Introductory Legal Studies Courses

All courses, 34.00 semester credit hours, are required.


* IS 102 : The American Bar Association does not consider this a general education course.

Required Advanced Legal Studies Courses

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Elective Courses

A minimum of 12.00 semester credit hours is required. At least 9.00 semester credit hours must be paralegal (PL) courses.

Required Project Management

3.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Capstone or Internship

3.00 semester credit hours are required.


* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 33.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours must be upper level (300-400 level courses). Refer to the General Education  section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. *

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Cultural Diversity
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in English Composition or Literature
3.00 Semester Credit Hours of General Education Electives ♦
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities With a Critical Thinking Focus ** ♦
1.00 Semester Credit Hour in Information Literacy
7.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (College Algebra or Above)
4.00 Semester Credit Hours of Natural Science With a Lab Component
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Speech

* Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 33.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

** A course with a critical thinking focus would be a course that addresses the theories and application of critical analysis with an emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Examples may be courses in critical thinking, philosophy, logic, or science.

♦ Minnesota students must complete at least 4.00 semester credit hours of general education in the humanities.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required. Students taking the BU 495 Internship must also take PD 214 .

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