Program Overview

The University of Maryland University College (UMUD) was founded in 1947 as a part of the University System of Maryland. The school strives to provide a relevant and convenient education for the growing number of working adults who are hoping to earn their degree. UMUC offers many programs, one of which is the Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies (LS).

Students who pursue their LS degree will gain the skills needed to research and provide legal information and documents in law related environments. Throughout the program, there is an overarching emphasis on building a solid foundation in legal knowledge and skills. Skills taught and honed include legal analysis, research, drafting, and writing as well as law-related computer skills. As a result of the LS program, students will be able to conduct accurate and appropriate legal research, demonstrate critical thinking and legal knowledge, and fulfill the paralegal role in both private and government legal practices.

To earn their degree, all program participants must complete 120 credit hours of coursework. Those credits are broken down into three sections: major classes, general education requirements, and elective and minor courses. Major courses focus on both skill building (covering topics like legal research and writing) as well as building a solid base knowledge of the legal system. Classes include Criminal Law and Practice, Litigation, and Bankruptcy Law.

All degree requirements can be completed online. Individuals interested in learning more about the degree program, or UMUC as a whole, are invited to contact program faculty.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 

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