NCU Catalog - April 2021 
    
    May 17, 2021  
NCU Catalog - April 2021

Legal Studies, BA


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Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies


Description of Program


The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal Studies, approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), builds upon the foundational legal specialty courses that make up the Paralegal Certificate curriculum, by enhancing the students’ critical thinking, analytical and theoretical skills. This combination of legal specialty, business, and liberal arts coursework ensures that each student develops an understanding of and respect for different ways of knowing and a desire for lifelong learning. This degree offers students an excellent foundation for law school and other graduate school programs.

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Learning Outcomes


The Legal Studies programs will provide students with the knowledge, skills, tools, and values necessary to be effective members of a legal team.

At the end of the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Conduct legal research using appropriate sources and databases
  • Apply legal analysis to predict outcomes to specific factual situations
  • Articulate legal analysis through written and oral communications
  • Use software applications commonly utilized in a legal environment
  • Draft legal documents
  • Describe the ethical obligations and limitations of legal professionals in specific factual situations

Admission Requirements


Applicants must have a minimum of 36 semester credits of college transferable credit which include at least 18 semester credits of general-education in three categories. A minimum of 3 credits of freshman English or college composition must be completed with a C or better prior to admission.

For consideration into the program, applicants must submit an application for enrollment, forward official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended and complete the specific writing sample contained in the admissions packet for the program. If a prospective student does not meet the above academic requirements, the student should contact Enrollment to explore possible other options.

Academic Calendar 2021/2022


2021

BLS Winter Semester - Term A 2021 (Jan 11 – March 28)
  • Registration opens - December 14
  • Orientation for new students - January 7
  • Courses start - January 11
  • Courses end - March 28
BLS Spring Semester - Term B 2021 (April 5 - June 20)
  • Registration opens - March 8
  • Courses start  - April 5
  • Courses end - June 20
BLS Summer Semester - Term C 2021 (July 5 - September 19)
  • Registration opens - June 7
  • Orientation for new students - July 1
  • Courses start - July 5
  • Courses ends - September 19
BLS Fall Semester - Term D 2021 (September 27 - December 12)
  • Registration opens - August 30
  • Courses start - September 27
  • Courses end -  December 12

2022

BLS Winter Semester - Term A 2022 (January 10 – March 27)
  • Registration opens - December 13
  • Orientation for new students - January 6
  • Courses start - January 10
  • Courses end - March 27
BLS Spring Semester - Term B 2022 (April 4 - June 19)
  • Registration opens - March 7
  • Courses start  - April 4
  • Courses end - June 19
BLS Summer Semester - Term C 2022 (July 4 - September 18)
  • Registration opens - June 6
  • Orientation for new students - June 30
  • Courses start - July 4
  • Courses end - September 18
BLS Fall Semester - Term D 2022 (September 26 - December 11)
  • Registration opens - August 29
  • Courses start - September 26
  • Courses end -  December 11

Degree Requirements


The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies degree requires 120 semester credit hours.

  • A Grade Point Average of 2.0 (letter grade of “C”), or higher is required to remain in academic good standing and to be eligible for graduation
  • Official transcripts are required to be on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complementary diploma and/or degree posted transcript
  • Official documents must be on file demonstrating all requirements of basis for admissions have been met

School of Law Undergraduate Program Enrollment Status


For the purpose of financial aid and enrollment verification enrollment status is determined by the number of units per semester:

Enrollment Status Undergraduate Units per Term Certificate Units per Term
Full-Time (FT) 12 12
Three-Quarter Time (TQT) 9 9
Half-Time (HT) 6 6
Less-Than Half-Time (LTHT) <6 <6

Transfer Credit Policy


The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor’s degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of “C” or better.

Students seeking to transfer in Legal Specialty Courses will have their coursework evaluated by the School of Law. Coursework must meet the following criteria:

  • The legal specialty course must carry upper-division academic credit.
  • The legal specialty course must be equivalent in content, length, and nature to the University’s course.
  • The legal specialty course must be from an ABA-approved paralegal program and taken within the last 7 years.

General Education Degree Requirements

Students in School of Law programs must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours in General Education. This requirement may be satisfied through transfer credit or complete at the University. 

To be considered for transfer credit, the general education courses must be completed with a C or better at the associate and bachelor degree levels; remedial and developmental courses cannot be accepted as transfer credit. Courses must also be completed at a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution. Applicants must submit an application, forward official transcripts from all colleges and universities they attended and complete the specific writing sample as outlined in the admission packet for the program.

English Composition - Composition/Critical Thinking and Writing. 6
Humanities 6
College-level Mathematics 3
Natural Sciences 6
Social Sciences 6
Interdisciplinary Studies 9
Total General Education Credits  36         

Program Requirements

General Education Credits 36
General Education Elective Credits 23
Paralegal Certificate Courses 21
Substantive Focus Area Courses 4
Required Legal Studies Courses 36
Total Program Credits 120

Note


*Students will earn the Paralegal Certificate as they complete the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies program.

** Students that complete the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies will come away with a certificate from the National Society for Legal Technology that will set them apart from other paralegals by demonstrating their competence with legal technology. 

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