B.A. in Legal Studies


The Department of Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies. This program will prepare students to work in the legal profession, related fields, or pursue graduate study in law. Each course has been strategically selected and oriented around the critical job functions of competent and ethical professionals working in the legal services industry.

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Legal Studies majors choose from two different concentrations. The Pre-Law concentration provides a broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum designed to develop logical reasoning, rhetoric, analysis, critical thinking, and writing skills, which are critical for students planning to pursue continuing studies in law or other graduate areas. The Paralegal concentration is designed for students who have logical and analytical minds, possess organizational skills, and thrive on attention to detail. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law; however, working as part of a legal team under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals perform tasks vital to the success of a case, including drafting legal documents, interviewing witnesses and clients, preparing trial exhibits, and analyzing documents.

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The Legal Studies major program of study is currently offered on the Stephenville campus in a face-to-face format and in the Hybrid/Blended format with some courses offered online and at the Fort Worth campus.


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Estimated Completion

120 Credit Hours (4 years)

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Program Objectives

Students in this degree program will:

  1. Be prepared for graduate school or relevant employment opportunities in the legal field.
  2. Appreciate the need for legal professionals to practice responsible citizenship and civic engagement.
  3. Adapt personal and professional decision-making to the legal and ethical principles regulating the legal field.

Coursework Highlights

ClassNumberClass Name
LEGL3340Legal Research & Writing
LEGL4301Constitutional Law
LEGL4390Legal Studies Capstone

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

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