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Forensic Studies

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. 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. 

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."