Program Overview

A Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies Concentration is available at California University of Pennsylvania for those who have earned an associate’s degree or 40 credit hours from an accredited institution of higher education. This 100% online program is designed to be completed over a four-year period consisting of 120 credit hours.

Important parts of the legal process include decision-making, influence of law on community and individuals, and the constitutional parameters of law. Special attention will be paid to these topics throughout the program.

Core classes will compile a total of 9 credit hours. These will be jurisprudence courses that will cover Classical Jurisprudence, Medieval Jurisprudence, and Anglo-American Jurisprudence. 33 credits in concentration courses will be applied to Legal Studies, general education courses will use 49-51 credits, and 27-29 credit hours will be used for free electives. These courses are designed to give students a strong base account of jurisprudence, legal research and writing, litigation, law, estates and trusts, ethics, bankruptcy, and constitutional law.

After completing core classes, students can focus their free electives on the topics of jurisprudence and legal studies that are of their personal interest, in order to prepare for entry into certain career fields when they graduate. These possible careers could be paralegals, estate practitioners, court clerks and support personnel, business people, and corrections personnel, among other possibilities.

Enrolled students are encouraged to read ahead and prepare well in advance for each class. Discussion and class participation is also expected, and necessary in order to excel in class evaluation and succeed in the program.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    A student must have already earned an associate degree or have earned 40 college-level credits from an accredited institution of higher education. An applicant's GPA on college-level coursework must be 2.5 or higher.

    School Overview

    Established in 1852, California University of Pennsylvania is a medium-sized campus located in California, Pennsylvania, in a rural area 35 miles away from Pittsburgh. This school is dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional studies. Students can choose from one of more than 75 online associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees offered completely online. You’ll receive the same diploma you would from one of our on-campus programs.


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