Central Penn College - Legal Studies Bachelor's Degree Program

Central Penn College

 

Bachelor's Degree

Legal Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies offers an exceptional level of preparation for a paralegal career or a pre-law education through a curriculum of courses which includes hands-on study of legal research and writing, law office and courtroom procedures, and case preparation including participation in a mock trial. 

You Will Learn

Students in the Program will benefit from advanced resources of legal education, including Central Penn's own law library fully equipped with up to date print volumes and state-of-the-art computerized research tools. You will learn: 

  • A thorough comprehension of relevant bodies of law, the legal system, judicial processes, and prevailing legal theory. 
  • Problem-solving and research ability relative to legal issues, principles, and procedures. 
  • Computer literacy. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Technical skills in legal research, writing and analysis, substantive case evaluation, legal communication, law office and courtroom procedures, and case preparation and management. Proficiency in the use of computer-assisted legal research. 
  • The ability to perform and manage procedural and substantive legal tasks in an ethical manner. 
  • Professional maturity and preparedness to function effectively and professionally in a legal environment. 

Potential Careers 

Central Penn will prepare students to work in an exciting and challenging legal environment. 

  • Lawyers
  • Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators and Hearing Officers
  • Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators
  • Judges, Magistrate Judges and Magistrates
  • Law Clerks

ABA Approved 

The Legal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law. The ABA approval requires that ten (10) hours of legal specialty courses be taken in the traditional (face-to-face) format.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.

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Internship

As a career-oriented college, and in addition to our hands-on curriculum, Central Penn requires all students to complete an internship or capstone course. This opportunity allows students to participate and experience their future careers in the real world. Internships are 360 hours in length.

Middle States Accreditation

Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). The Middle States Commission (www.MSCHE.org) on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Approved by: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Academic Road Map

Roadmap: Legal Studies – Bachelor of Science

Department of Legal Studies

Catalog Year: 2017-18 

This Roadmap is a recommended term-by-term plan of study for this major. However, courses and milestones designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. 

CRITICAL

COURSE SUBJECT AND TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

ATTRIBUTE

NOTES

TERM 1

Fall 2017

 

LGS110 Foundations in Law

3

Core class

 

 

LGS180 Historical Perspectives of the Constit.

3

Core Class

 

 

ENG101

3

 

 

 

IDS101 CPC Foundations

3

 

 

TERM 2

Winter 2018

 

LGS260 Administrative Law

3

Core Class

 

 

LGS265 Criminal Law

3

Core Class

 

 

ENG102

3

 

 

 

MTH101 College Business Math

3

 

 

TERM 3

Spring 2018

*

LGS130 Principles of Legal Research

3

Core Class

Offered only in Spring

 

LGS200 Contracts

3

Core Class

 

 

LGS170 Criminal Procedure

3

Core Class

 

 

COM101 Introduction to Human Communications

3

 

 

TERM 4

Summer 2018

*

LGS135 Legal Research and Writing I

3

Core Class

Offered only in summer on-ground

*

LGS140 Civil Litigation I

3

Core Class

Offered only in summer on-ground

 

LGS310 Legal Communications

3

Core Class

 

 

200+ level Math

3

 

 

TERM 5

Fall 2018

 

LGS210 Evidence

3

Core Class

 

*

LGS230 Civil Litigation II

3

Core Class

Offered only in Fall on-ground

*

LGS280 Legal Research and Writing II

3

Core Class

Offered only in Fall on-ground

 

LGS285 Legal Seminar

3

Core Class

 

TERM 6

Winter 2019

 

200+ level Humanities

3

 

 

 

200+ level Science

3

 

 

 

100+ level Social and Behavioral Science

3

 

 

 

LGS400 Advanced Criminal Procedure

3

Choice Class

See below

TERM 7

Spring 2019

 

LGS410 Advanced Constitutional Law

3

Choice Class

See below

 

LGS220 Torts

3

Core Class

 

 

200+ level Social Behavioral Science

3

 

 

 

100+ level Gen. Ed.  elective

3

 

 

TERM 8

Summer 2019

 

LGS370 Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

Choice Class

See below

 

200+ level Social and Behavioral Science

3

 

 

 

300+ level Humanities

3

 

 

 

300+ level Gen. Ed. elective

3

 

 

TERM 9

Fall 2019

 

LGS415 Adv. Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

Choice Class

See below

 

300+ level Gen. Ed. elective

3

 

 

 

300+ level Gen. Ed. elective

3

 

 

 

300+ level Gen. Ed. elective

3

 

 

TERM 10

Winter 2020

 

LGS340 Advanced Legal Research & Writing

3

Core Class

 

 

300+ level Humanities

3

 

 

 

100+ level Math Science Tech

3

 

 

 

100+ level Math Science Tech

3

 

 

 

STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar

1

 

 

TERM 11

Spring 2020

 

LGS499 Internship

3

 

 

 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

MINIMUM TOTAL HOURS

GENERAL EDUCAION REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM CPC CORE HOURS

MINIMJM

MAJOR GPA

OVERALL GPA

124

60

52

n/a

n/a

 Pick 4 choice classes from among the following: 

  • COM340    Communications Law
    Prerequisite: Any one of the following courses:  COM140, LGS110, LGS250, or LGS260
  • CRI315       Advanced Issues in Evidence                                      Prerequisite: LGS210
  • CRI365       Cyber Investigation                                                      Prerequisite: None
  • LGS370      Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Prerequisite: Any one of the following courses:  LGS140, LGS190, PSY100, SOC100, SOC105, SOC200, IDS330, BUS365, or POL210
  • LGS400      Advanced Criminal Procedure                                    Prerequisite: LGS170
  • LGS410      Advanced Constitutional Law                                     Prerequisite: LGS180
  • LGS415      Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Prerequisite: LGS370
  • LGS420      Advanced Criminal Law                                                Prerequisite: LGS265
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