Kaplan University

BS in Legal Studies

Students enrolled in Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program have the opportunity to study law and the legal services industry. Learn more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program is designed to teach students about the law and legal profession. The program is also designed to help students refine their communication and analytical skills. Coursework focuses on legal technologies, research, and writing. At the end of the program, students complete a research capstone course.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits. Kaplan University defines and academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements

  • LS 100: Eight Skills of the Effective Legal Studies Student (5 credits)
  • LS 102: Introduction to Law (5 credits)
  • LS 305: Constitutional Law (6 credits)
  • LS 308: Law and Society (6 credits)
  • LS 490: Legal Philosophy (6 credits)
  • PA 165: Introduction to Torts (5 credits)
  • PA 201: Introduction to Legal Research (5 credits)
  • PA 205: Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing (5 credits)
  • PA 253: Legal Ethics (5 credits)
  • LS 498: BSLS Capstone (Research Option) (6 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Major Elective (5 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Major Electives (24 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • IT 133: Software Applications
    • PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology

Core and Elective Requirements

  • 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Physical Science Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Social Science Course (6 credits)
  • Open Electives (59 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program could continue their education to pursue advanced study in areas related to law. Although master's degrees in related areas are available, students must go to law school if they wish to become lawyers.

Graduate degrees students could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Juris Doctor
  • Master of Legal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Political Science

Career Paths:

Graduates who choose to enter the workforce after completing Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program could have the opportunity to use their understanding of the law in entry-level positions. Positions could be available in private business, government, or legal fields.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Legislative assistant
  • Journalist
  • Claims examiner

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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