Legal Studies

Legal Studies

You may be curious as to the difference between criminal justice and legal studies. Criminal justice educates and prepares students with knowledge in criminal law. Legal studies gives students expertise in civil, administrative and criminal law. A certificate, associate or bachelor degree can provide you with an excellent foundation to further your career goals. While students planning to attend law or graduate school may choose to pursue a bachelor degree in legal studies, other students prefer to utilize the degree to gain immediate employment.

This program also allows students to earn both a bachelor degree and a paralegal certificate at the same time. The paralegal certificate prepares students to sit for the Paralegal Certification Exam. Not to mention, our legal studies program is a fully-embedded career ladder. This means that students can earn a 30-hour degree certificate, move on to the 60-hour associate degree and then earn a 120-hour bachelor degree without losing any credits along the way.

Certificate

Certificate of Applied Science in Legal Studies

The Certificate of Applied Science in Legal Studies gives students a foundation in legal studies and various areas of law and helps develop basic legal research and writing skills for supporting positions within the legal field. This degree begins the legal studies career pathway that leads to an associate degree and then to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Legal Studies.

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Associate

Associate of Applied Science in Legal Studies

The Associate of Applied Science in Legal Studies gives students a foundation in legal studies and expands and develops student knowledge of various areas of substantive law and legal research in writing. Successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Legal Studies will prepare students for entry-level careers and to apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Legal Studies.

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Bachelor

Bachelor of Applied Science in Legal Studies

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Legal Studies gives students a broad foundation in legal studies and expands, develops and explores student knowledge of various issues and areas relevant to the legal field. While not strictly a paralegal program, successful completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Legal Studies will prepare students for careers in the legal and related fields and for the Certified Paralegal Exam.

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What can I do with this degree?

Upon graduation, you will understand what the legal system is, how it works, how it interrelates with social change and how it assists people in asserting their rights. This program provides the professional and scholarly skills necessary for a general understanding of the law as well as for law-related careers, law school or further graduate-level study.

Potential Careers

Lawyer

Law Enforcement

Government

Corporations

TUITION

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Additional course fees may apply and rates are subject to change.

WV & OH Residents

Per Credit Hour

$153 - $211

Per Semester

$1,836 - $2,532

Fall & Spring Semesters

$3,672 - $5,064

Non-Residents

Per Credit Hour

$341 - $364

Per Semester

$4,092 - $4,368

Fall & Spring Semesters

$8,184 - $8,736

High School Students

Per Credit Hour

$50

Per Semester

$600

Fall & Spring Semesters

$1,200

Jeff Holland

Chairperson/Professor

Business, Accounting & Public Service Division

Room 1017B

304-424-8298

jeff.holland@wvup.edu

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