The Associate of Science in Legal Studies offers a foundation in legal doctrine, along with the analytical, technical, and communication skills necessary for a career in the legal field. This associate degree program will aid you in doing your part to help solve aspects of the complex societal challenges associated with the public’s ability to access justice and by preparing you for a nonlawyer paraprofessional career, such as paralegal, legal assistant, legal analyst or technician. By equipping you for ethical service and leadership, the knowledge gained from this online program is applicable to many employers seeking individuals with legal expertise, such as law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations or businesses with legal departments.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply legal research and writing skills in realistic legal contexts.
  • Develop critical thinking and legal analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with law office equipment and software. 
 

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required21
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements6
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL115Argumentation and Rhetoric3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (21 semester hours)

LSTD100Introduction to Law for Paralegals3
LSTD201Litigation3
LSTD202Real Estate Law3
LSTD203Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal3
LSTD205Legal Research and Writing3
LSTD207Civil Practice and Procedure3
LSTD210Legal Ethics3
Total Semester Hours21

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

LSTD299Sophomore Seminar in Paralegal Studies 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Students must complete 6 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.6
Total Semester Hours6