Make an impact in the fields of law and criminal justice. Earn your BA in Legal Studies while majoring in Forensic Studies.
Why Forensic Studies at Bay Path University?
Do you see yourself as an investigator, interviewing clients and witnesses, collecting, preserving or preparing evidence, preparing cases for presentation to a judge or jury, or working with forensic experts? If you’re interested in a career as a criminal or civil investigator in a state or federal agency, or in the private sector in a law firm, corporation, or consulting firm, a degree in legal studies with a major in Forensic Studies might be the key to your future.
You’ve seen forensics on television, but the criminal applications of forensics you see portrayed (often inaccurately) on television only touch the surface of the fascinating realm of forensics. At Bay Path we bring experts into the classroom to teach you in depth about a field of study that is broader and offers far more opportunities than what we see on television. As a Forensic Studies major at Bay Path University you will be prepared to work in the exciting and growing field of forensics. This interdisciplinary major encourages students to go beyond the confines of traditional disciplines as they learn how the law uses forensic evidence and the testimony of forensic experts from different fields in both criminal and civil proceedings. A field of study must intersect with the law to become “forensic” so we prepare our students with a strong foundation in the law through courses taken in Bay Path’s well-respected Legal Studies program, and encourage them to take courses in other disciplines to give them a broad base of knowledge and practical skills with which to enter this exiting, fast-growing field. In creating the major we have created a course of study that gives students the flexibility to follow their interests in an interdisciplinary major based in law.
Our curriculum provides you with a foundation in law and evidence and reinforces your understanding with practical assignments designed to develop the real-world skills you will need to work in the field. As a student in the forensic studies major, you will take courses in evidence, criminal procedure and law, legal research, and learn the procedures involved in criminal and civil investigation and litigation. For example, in courses in fire cause and investigation, you will learn about fire investigation and conduct a hands-on investigation into the cause of a fire in a “live burn.” In cyber privacy and forensics, you will discover the practical and theoretical sides of how you can protect yourself and your information in the virtual world, working with experts in cyber privacy and security. You will take courses in evidence, and criminal and civil procedure from experienced attorneys and judges. You will study advanced issues in evidence with attorneys who handle cases for the Innocence Project. In your internship, you will work in the legal field with investigators, attorneys, police officers, federal agencies, and in other settings that will let you develop additional knowledge and skills and provide you with the work experience and confidence essential to finding a job in your field.
To give our graduates the greatest flexibility in career choices and help them find job satisfaction working with challenging issues in professional environments, students in the forensic studies major earn a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies from our American Bar Association approved Paralegal Program. This credential, which is accepted in all 50 states, enhances our graduates’ ability to work in a wide variety of legal settings as they embark on a career in forensics or law. In private law firms, government agencies, and business settings, paralegals are often those engaged in the collection, preservation, and preparation of evidence for use at trial.
A graduate may work as a paralegal only under the supervision of an attorney and is not authorized to engage in the practice of law. The ABA defines a paralegal or legal assistant as "a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."