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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?

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.

Bay Path’s Legal Studies programs prepare graduates for careers in law by providing a strong undergraduate education emphasizing communication, leadership, technology, and ethics. By challenging students to a rigorous curriculum of theory and practical application, the legal programs prepare them for law or graduate school as well as for professional opportunities in a wide variety of legal settings including: law firms, legal service agencies, courts, corporations, financial institutions, city, state, and federal government agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Legal Studies program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand, analyze, produce, evaluate, and present (orally) appropriate solutions to legal challenges of the working legal professional within the context of delivery of legal services.
  • Apply legal research skills using full range of materials, both print and electronic.
  • Perform legal writing for different audiences, purposes, and kinds of documents.
  • Exhibit an understanding of substantive issues and legal procedures by identification and analysis of legal issues.

Program Goals:

The goal of the Legal Studies Department is to prepare graduates to assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services in the public or private sector, to proceed to graduate school, or to pursue other career opportunities with a solid foundation in law. Students are educated to:

  • Understand the legal profession and its role in our society.
  • Think critically and write competently and persuasively about legal issues.
  • Use technology to perform legal research and associated tasks.
  • Act ethically in their professional and personal lives.
  • Act on opportunities for professional growth and continuing education.

Learning by Discussion With the Harkness Table:

You won’t find desks lined in neat rows to face the front of Room 209 in the newly renovated Carr Hall. What you will find is the Harkness Table: a specially-designed large, oval table surrounded by 16 chairs and named after philanthropist Edward Harkness. For John Woodruff, assistant professor of law, the Harkness table melds with his philosophy of discussion-based teaching. In Room 209 students find their voice by developing viewpoints and legal arguments—important first steps in understanding and preparing for the legal profession.

My courses at Bay Path have driven me to think differently and do things I never saw myself doing. I receive helpful and applicable feedback on everything I complete. I feel I will have a competitive edge when I continue on with my education in law school. I was privileged to gain an internship with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Federal Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts. I assisted the attorneys and paralegals with a broad scope of relevant assignments. I had a lot of fun while also learning more than could be absorbed in a classroom." - Angelica, Legal Studies Major


PLEASE NOTE: A PARALEGAL MAY WORK 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."