May 2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 07, 2021  
May 2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies (BSLS)

(Please see the Herzing University Undergraduate Program Offerings by Location  chart in the catalog for a list of Herzing locations offering this program.)

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.

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 125.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Management Core Courses

All courses, 33.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Introductory Legal Studies Courses

All courses, 30.00 semester credit hours, are required.

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 6.00 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.

  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00  */**
  • * Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.
    ** Enrollment in a student readiness training is required prior to the internship course. Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.

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. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity)

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.