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 15% job growth for these positions through 2026.

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 ten (10) hours of legal specialty courses be taken in the traditional (face-to-face) format.

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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Foundations in Law
Principles of Legal Research
Legal Research and Writing I & II
Criminal Procedure
Historical Perspectives of the Constitution
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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