Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Legal Studies
The Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies provides the theoretical and ethical concepts and practical skills required for a career as a Paralegal and for those students planning to attend law school or other related graduate programs, with a broad experience in the liberal arts as well as legal theory and practical legal skills. Graduates work in many areas of the legal field including: private law firms, public and private corporations and government agencies. Paralegals are not attorneys and are not permitted to practice law or to give legal advice to the public except as permitted by law. Paralegals are required to work under the supervision of an attorney. The Legal Studies program at Wesley College is approved by the American Bar Association. Academically, the Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies provides graduates with a firm foundation for continuing their education in the legal field and other related fields.
Graduates of the Legal Studies Program:
1. Demonstrate competency in the professional skills required to work as a paralegal.
a. Demonstrate proficiency in legal research and writing
b. Gather information electronically including Lexis/Nexis
c. Draft pleadings and other litigation documents
d. Manage trial preparation and litigation support
e. Draft contracts and real estate documents
2. Display the knowledge, critical thinking and reasoning skills to succeed in law school and/or other post-graduate studies.
a. Read and analyze legal precedent
b. Discuss and analyze current legal trends
c. Present oral arguments and participate in public speaking
d. Research and write legal memoranda and briefs
e. Analyze and evaluate a wide variety of concepts
f. Synthesize and explain information and arguments
3. Show the ability to adapt to, communicate within, and excel in a diverse work environment.
a. Develop strong verbal and written communication skills
b. Utilize problem solving skills in a wide variety of applications
c. Analyze the socio-economic impact of the legal system on society
• ABA Approved
• Legal Society
• LEX Chapter (Honor Society – certain criteria must be met for eligibility)
• Legal Studies Library
• Special Topic Courses
• LEXIS/NEXIS Database
• Pre-Law advisor and pre-law activities
• CLA course and site for the CLA Exam
1. 2.3 GPA required for admission to the program.
2. Portfolio of Student Work – Student will be unable to graduate without a completed portfolio approved by the Chair.
3. All town meetings must be attended.
4. All scheduled field trips that are required in connection with a course are mandatory.
5. Degree Requirements listed below.
6. CORE Requirements: 45-46 credit hours.
7. Major Requirements: 33 credits
8. Required major electives: 21 credits
9. Free Electives: 24-25 credits
10. Internships are not required but strongly encouraged
11. Internships require a 3.0 GPA
12. All major requirements and major electives require a “C” or better.
13. CORE requirements with * require a “C” or better for the Legal Studies degree
14. All Legal major transfer credits must be completed with a “C” or better to transfer to the Wesley College Legal Studies degree.
Legal Specialty transfer credits are evaluated on a case by case basis by the Legal Studies Department Chair in consultation with the Registrar of the College unless an articulation agreement; is currently in place with the transfer school. The Registrar is the final authority in all transfer matters. The evaluation shall include a review of the transferring institution’s catalog concerning Legal Specialty courses, course descriptions, course level, number of credit hours and course syllabi. In addition, this evaluation may include a consultation with the instructor and the Department Chair of the transferring institution. The following are basic requirements for transfer credits:
• NO CLEP tests (College Level Exam Program), challenge exams or DANTES tests are accepted as transfer credits for Legal Specialty courses
• Not more than two legal specialty courses may be permitted to be transferred under Legal Studies Electives depending on course description, course level, and adaptability to the program at the discretion of the chair and the registrar.
• Not more than two Legal Studies specialty courses under Legal Studies requirements may be transferred under Legal Studies. Requirements depending on course description, course level, and adaptability to the program at the discretion of the chair and the registrar.
• Some legal specialty courses may be transferred as a “course of merit”, which is a course that the Wesley College program does not currently offer but the course is worthy to meet an elective or major requirement.
• Introduction to Law and Legal Research & Writing I may not be accepted for transfer credit. Other methods courses may be transferred at the discretion of the Chair and the instructor.
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