Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

Advance Your Knowledge in the Legal Field

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies is a degree completion program that focuses on the practical application of substantive law while encouraging critical thinking, ethical conduct, and social responsibility. In this program, you will gain the knowledge, practical skills, attitudes, and values that are necessary to excel as a legal professional and effective member of a legal team.

Approved by the American Bar Association and taught online by experienced faculty who are practicing attorneys or legal professionals, the BA in Legal Studies enhances your critical thinking, analytical, and theoretical skills. In your first year of coursework, the online Paralegal Certificate is integrated into your curriculum, preparing you to practice as a paralegal. Through these courses, you will complete at least the 9 semester units of asynchronous instruction required by the ABA. a. At the heart of the JFK School of Law’s approach to online learning, and aligned with our ABA approval, students will receive both student-to-student interaction and student-to-faculty mentorship. The BA in Legal Studies combines the flexibility of online learning with a strong emphasis on connection and community, utilizing both asynchronous and synchronous classes.

This degree offers students an excellent foundation for law school and other graduate school programs, as well as the necessary skills and knowledge to have a competitive advantage in the market as a paralegal or business professional working with negotiations, regulations, and contracts, or working in the fields of law and criminal justice. Graduates are able to pursue careers as paralegals working for lawyers, law offices, corporations, and governmental agencies.

To gain specialized skills in legal technology, you can add the Advanced Legal Technology specialization as part of your program. This specialization will immediately contribute to employers with regard to legal technology use. Upon completion, you will be able to suggest appropriate software for various tasks in a legal environment to be more efficient and cost effective. Contact an advisor today to learn more about this specialization option.

Career Potential*

  • Paralegal/legal assistant
  • Contract administrator
  • Legal support specialist
  • Legal secretary
  • Compliance officer/analyst
  • Clinical case manager
  • Claims specialist
  • Court clerk
*Bachelor’s programs are completion only and require 120 total credits. View the course catalog todetermine the exact number required based on previous education.

*Students that reside in the State of North Carolina cannot enroll in the optional internship option.


Total Credit Hours: 61 Credit Hours*
Courses: 25 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 24 Months
Next Start Date: The Bachelor of Legal Studies is not currently enrolling new students for the June 27 cohort.


Listen to Lisa Hutton, JD, JFK School of Law Dean and Nicole Mills, discuss the Paralegal Certificate and BA in Legal Studies programs at the JFK School of Law at Northcentral University.

Available Specializations