Legal Studies

Legal Studies

The Legal Studies major engages students in the study of law and contemporary legal issues. Students learn to analyze, reason, and think critically about law through effective writing, graphic and oral presentations. They also explore law in the larger context of society and business.

Our certificate and degree options are fully embed in a study path that emphasizes increasing levels of scholarship and commitment. Students can earn a 30-hour certificate, a 60-hour associate degree, and then apply to a 120-hour Bachelor’s degree to meet their goals. Certificates are an excellent option for those working in a legal setting to increase their standing in the field and students in other degree programs to broaden their prospects. An associate degree elevates students to serve in paralegal roles. Graduates also qualify to sit for the national paralegal certification exam. The Bachelor’s degree expands student possibilities by increasing their competitiveness and widening the job market to use their legal training in business, non-profits, and government agencies that seek a higher level of education. While not intentionally designed as a pre-law or pre-law enforcement program, many of our students go on to law school, graduate school, or accept employment in state or federal agencies.

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 provides the foundation for students to pursue careers in legal support and paralegal roles. Students develop skills in research, writing, ethics, civil procedure, and substantive areas of law. Graduates also qualify to sit for the national paralegal certification exam.

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Bachelor

Bachelor of Applied Science in Legal Studies

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Legal Studies emphasizes increased scholarship and commitment to the legal field. Students have the opportunity to direct their studies towards law in business, law in society, or legal studies more generally. Students also explore core areas of law to gain greater expertise and understanding placing law in the larger context of economy, history, and society. Graduates may pursue careers in business, legal support, non-profits or government agencies. Others may choose the path of entrepreneurship, law school, or graduate education.

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What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates have worked in state and federal agencies, court services, social services, private business, law offices, and law enforcement agencies. Others have gone on to attend law school and graduate school. We even have an author entrepreneur! What is your path? Our programs help to develop and position students to have options, while qualifying them to apply for roles in legal support, business, non-profits, government, and more.

Potential Careers

Lawyer

Law Enforcement

Government

Corporations

TUITION

Estimated rates for the 2019-2020 academic year. Additional course fees may apply and rates are subject to change.

WV & OH Residents

Per Credit Hour

$160 - $221

Per Semester

$1,920 - $2,652

Fall & Spring Semesters

$3,840 - $5,304

Non-Residents

Per Credit Hour

$358 - $382

Per Semester

$4,296 - $4,584

Fall & Spring Semesters

$8,592 - $9,168

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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