Legal Studies

Justice? Fairness? Equity? Are you passionate about these concepts? If you answered “yes,” then our Legal Studies program might just be what you’re looking for.

The Evidence Is In Your Favor

At Central Penn, you’ll receive an exceptional level of preparation for a paralegal career or a pre-law education. Our curriculum––taught by expert, licensed attorneys––includes hands-on legal research and writing, law office and courtroom procedures, and case preparation including participation in a mock trial. 

The job outlook for paralegals and legal assistants is very good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting 10% job growth for these positions through 2029.

As a Legal Studies major, you’ll learn how to conduct legal research… communicate clearly and effectively in writing with attorneys… gain a deep understanding on the rules of evidence… apply the laws of procedures to factual evidence… and much more.

American Bar Association (ABA) Approved

The Legal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Non-attorneys may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. The ABA approval requires that nine (9) credit hours of legal specialty courses be taken in the traditional (face-to-face) format.

Limitation on transfer of legal specialty credits:  Effective Summer 2022, students transferring credits into the Legal Studies bachelor’s program may not transfer more than 15 credits of legal specialty courses.  Legal specialty courses are:

  • LGL100/LGS110 Foundations in Law
  • LGL110/LGS130 Principles of Legal Research
  • LGL210/LGS135 Legal Research and Writing I
  • LGL211/LGS140 Civil Litigation I
  • LGL270/LGS160 Wills and Estates
  • LGL280/LGS190 Family Law
  • LGL240/LGS200 Contracts
  • LGL221/LGS230 Civil Litigation II
  • LGL300/LGS260 Administrative Law
  • LGL211/LGS280 Legal Research and Writing II

As required by the ABA, LGS135, LGS140, LGS230, and LGS280 may not be replaced with transfer credits unless the transferred courses were taken in a traditional classroom format.

A minor in legal studies is available to any student outside the paralegal associate and legal studies bachelor’s programs.

The minor in legal studies is not approved by the ABA and is not intended to prepare students to work as paralegals.

Earn Your Law Degree in 5 Years

A new, innovative “2+3” agreement between Central Penn College and Widener University Commonwealth Law School will enable full-time students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in just five years, saving them significant time and money. Typically, it takes seven years for full-time students to complete a law degree, an academic journey that requires four years for a bachelor’s degree and three for a juris doctorate. 

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Courses

Foundations in Law
Principles of Legal Research
Legal Research and Writing I & II
Criminal Procedure
Historical Perspectives of the Constitution
Contracts
Evidence
Torts
Administrative Law
Criminal Law
Legal Seminar
Civil Litigation I & II
Legal Communications
Advanced Legal Research and Writing
Internship/Capstone Course

Careers in this field include

  • Paralegal
  • Compliance Officer
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Assistant
  • Regulatory Officer
  • Corporate Investigator
  • Lobbyist
  • Private Legal Investigator

People who thrive in this field

  • Highly organized
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail-oriented
  • Methodical
  • Critical Thinker
  • Exhibits grace under pressure
  • Persistent
  • Empathetic

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“My journey at Central Penn has been amazing… everything from the professors and the students to the curriculum. All of my Legal Studies professors have gone above and beyond to embed certain techniques and tools that I can utilize in the legal field in order to be successful.”

Angely Rodriguez-Arroyo, ‘19, Legal Studies

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