Students seeking legal studies degrees or a certificate must complete at least 18 credits of general education course work in at least three disciplines, such as social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, languages, and English. Under normal circumstances, a student must complete at least 18 credit hours of legal specialty courses at Bay Path in order to receive a degree from the University.
Generally Bay Path University will accept course credits in transfer as legal specialty courses, only courses taken at another A.B.A. approved program.
Requests to accept transfer credits as legal specialty courses are reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Chair and Registrar. If necessary, the Registrar and the Chair will review the course description and syllabus from the originating University. A student wishing to transfer credits into one of the University's legal programs as a legal specialty course bears the burden of proving the course is a legal specialty course.
In the Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies program, the student must complete at least 15 credit hours of legal specialty courses at Bay Path. Any additional credits for legal specialty courses applied toward the Certificate must be taken at an A.B.A. approved program and are accepted after review by the Legal Studies Department Chair.
Students seeking to transfer credits taken online from an ABA approved program must notify the Registrar and Legal Studies Department Chair that the course was taken online. The decision to accept credits earned online rests with the Legal Studies Department Chair in consultation with the Registrar. Legal specialty credit will not be granted for online courses that were earned in a program that is not ABA approved.
Final determination of the acceptance of transfer credit for legal specialty courses taken at other institutions, including ABA approved programs, is made by the Program Chair and is not appealable. Credits for University-level courses taken at other accredited institutions that are not accepted as legal specialty credits may be accepted as general education credits.
Students seeking legal studies degrees or a certificate who wish to receive credit through prior learning assessment should contact the Legal Department Chair before initiating the PLA process to ensure that such credits will meet departmental requirements. Students in Bay Path’s legal programs may receive up to 15 credits for prior learning.