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Legal Studies

Prepare for a Career in Law as You Earn Your Degree in Legal Studies

Why Legal Studies at Bay Path University?

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Bay Path's Legal Studies degree programs are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Upon successful degree completion, you will receive a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies which provides students an increased opportunity to work in a variety of legal settings.

The legal studies programs are designed to give you a greater understanding of the legal process, institutions, and ideas that are the foundation of our society. Bay Path University students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. Both degree programs are approved by the ABA.

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies is appropriate for those who intend to go on to law school or graduate school, or those who have a strong interest in legal professions or the humanities.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies is appropriate for those who intend to enter law, business, or other professional fields after graduation.

Interested in an Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies? We offer that degree as well.

What Makes Bay Path a Leader in the Field of Legal Studies?

Bay Path University's legal programs are designed to prepare graduates for careers in law or law-related fields. Our faculty is comprised of experienced legal practitioners who work to ensure the high quality of the legal program. Faculty know from experience how much their students rely upon materials and skills learned in class when they enter the workforce or pursue graduate study.

As integral members of the legal community, Bay Path instructors know well how valuable a high-quality, practical legal education is to law firms, corporations, government agencies, and other entities that employ paralegals. The quality of the curriculum and instruction in the legal department reflect the faculty’s commitment to their students’ success and solid preparation for employment or graduate study.

Legal Studies programs combine a broad liberal arts knowledge base with a solid foundation of legal theory and practical application that incorporates critical thinking, communications, ethics, and interpersonal skills. The goals of the program are to:

  • Educate students in the theory and philosophy of law and the principles of ethics that are part of the legal field
  • Build research and investigative skills, including online research knowledge
  • Instill a code of behavior and appreciation of the standards of the profession
  • Learn practical applications of legal theory and prepare for a career in law or law-related fields
  • Develop strong written and oral communication and advocacy skills

Bay Path's challenging and rigorous curriculum combines theory and application in order to prepare you for a wide range of career options. 

Go From Bay Path Directly to Law School

Students interested in pursuing law school after graduation can apply to the unique 4+3 Program, a partnership between Bay Path University and Western New England University School of Law. This program offers students the opportunity to move on to law school at Western New England University immediately after graduation. To be eligible, students must attend Bay Path for at least 30 credit hours of undergraduate study.

A Legal Studies 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"