Program Overview

Students wishing to pursue advanced educations in the field of law may wish to partake in Brandman University’s Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies program. Students have the opportunity to earn the needed credits towards the advanced education delving into essential topics when seeking entry into the competitive job market, or as the necessary formal academic credential to move within a current position.

Earning the BA degree in Legal Studies should build a student’s educational foundation for further educational aspirations or enhance concepts already learned from experiences. Students in the program may use the specialized coursework to enter the fields of criminal justice, administration, law enforcement, psychology or as assistants in law firms, legal aid organizations, a paralegal, government agencies, and many more.

A higher education in the area of legal studies should strengthen a student’s awareness of the essential concepts of criminal behavior and legalities behind judicial action. Successful students may also combine a legal studies concentration with additional degree pursuits in political science, economics, environmental studies or psychology to better attain personal and professional goals.

The BA degree program is 120 credits, comprised of foundational bachelor degree courses, core legal studies courses, and the student’s choice of electives. The core legal studies curriculum introduces concepts critical to a thorough understanding of: American Politics, Sociology, Social Research Design, and Constitutional Government. To culminate the bachelor programs objectives, the potential graduate must also complete a final capstone course that demonstrates and communicates a social science concept.

Potential graduates should be able to examine theory and investigate crucial relationships between power, democracy, punishment, rights and citizenship that are responsible for the effective display of security and civil rights. Successful graduates of the legal studies program may be able to show an advanced understanding of legal proceedings, administration abilities and also facilitate future career aspirations in becoming a lawyer, police officer, criminologist, federal agent, criminal psychologist, or legal advisor in a business setting.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Students must have completed 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent for admission to Brandman University.

    School Overview

    Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution that is a part of the Chapman University System. Founded in 1861, Chapman University is one of California’s oldest, most prestigious private universities and is located in Orange, California. Its overall mission is “to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers.”  Steeped in academic tradition, this university offers quality education consistent with the needs of a new kind of student: one who demands the same high academic standards as a traditional university but whose life requires greater flexibility and real-world relevance in the curriculum.  With undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in Business, Arts and Sciences, Health, Education, and professional development, Brandman offers numerous fully-online programs to provide added flexibility for its students.


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