Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

Fascinated by questions of law? Legal Studies courses prepare you to be a paraprofessional assisting lawyers in their legal work. Paralegals aid lawyers by completing research, conducting investigations, and keeping records. The schedule of courses typically accommodates the students who work full or part-time, may have family responsibilities, and want to attend school on a full or part-time basis. Faulkner’s Montgomery main campus Legal Studies program is an ABA-approved program* that is offered by synchronous technology to the Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile campuses as well. 

Please refer to the Legal Studies website for our Goals and Mission and transfer policy.
*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students wishing to enroll in this degree program must be a qualified high school graduate who has completed a high school curriculum and received a regular high school diploma, or has a General Education Development (GED) Certificate. Applicants out of high school for more than five years are not required to provide ACT or SAT scores. If out of high school for less than five years, a minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 1290 is required for admission. Transfer applicants with a minimum of 24 semester hours from regionally accredited colleges or universities are not required to provide ACT scores, even if out of high school for less than five years.  You must forward official transcripts from all schools previously attended.

Degree Plan

Core Curriculum – 56 hours

Christian Literacy – 18 hours

Lower Level Courses – 12 hours

  • BI 1315 Biblical Worldview I – 3 hours
  • BI 1316 Biblical Worldview II – 3 hours
  • BI 2318 Understanding the Bible – 3 hours
  • BI 2319 Christian Ethics – 3 hours

Upper Level Courses – 6 hours

  • BI 3311 Marriage and Family – 3 hours
  • BI 4311 Christian Cultural Heritage – 3 hours

Cultural Heritage Literacy – 9 hours

  • HU 2315 Western Tradition I – 3 hours
  • HU 2325 Western Tradition II – 3 hours
  • HY 2320 American Heritage – 3 hours

Mathematical and Scientific Literacy – 7 hours

Mathematics – 3 hours

MH 1338 Finite Mathematics or higher – 3 hours

Science (one course from the following list plus lab) – 4 hours

  • PHY 1304 Principles of Physical Science or higher
  • CHM 1300 Chemistry and Society or higher
  • BIO 1300 Introduction to Biology or higher

Information and Communication Literacy – 15  hours

Composition and Literature – 9 hours

  • EH 1301 English Composition I – 3 hours
  • EH 1302 English Composition II – 3 hours
  • EH 2301, EH 2303 or EH 2304 – 3 hours

Communication – 3 hours

EH 1303 Speech Communication – 3 hours

Technology  – 3 hours

  • CS 1302 Computer Applications

Personal and Social Literacy – 7 hours

Personal – 4 hours

  • FE 1111 Freshman Experience – 1 hour
  • PE 1300 Lifetime Fitness – 3 hours

Social Science – 3 hours

  • CJ 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice – 3 hours

Major Field Requirements – 46 hours

Legal Studies Requirements – 37 hours

  • LS 1300 Introduction to Paralegalism I – 3 hours
  • LS 1310 Intro to Legal Research & Writing – 3 hours
  • LS 1320 Law Office Management – 3 hours
  • LS 2304 Paralegal Ethics – 3 hours
  • LS 2370 Tort Law – 3 hours
  • LS 2190/4190 Paralegal Portfolio – 1 hour
  • LS 3340 Principles of Litigation – 3 hours
  • LS 3341 Evidence for Paralegals – 3 hours
  • LS 3350 Advanced Legal Writing – 3 hours
  • LS 4350 Directed Study – 3 hours
  • LS 4360 Internship – 3 hours
  • CJ 3305 Constitutional Law – 3 hours
  • CJ 4303 Interview and Interrogation – 3 hours

 Choose three of the following – 9 hours

  • BCJ/CJ 3301 Criminology – 3 hours
  • BCJ/CJ 3306 Private Security – 3 hours
  • BCJ/CJ 3308 Terrorism – 3 hours
  • BCJ/CJ 3312 CJ & the Web – 3 hours
  • BCJ/CJ 4301 Criminalistics – 3 hours
  • BCJ/CJ 4302 Courts – 3 hours
  • BCJ /CJ 4304 CJ Ethics – 3 hours
  • BCJ/CJ 4306 Criminal Behavior Analysis – 3 hours
  • BCJ 3302 Community Relations – 3 hours
  • BCJ 3304 Juvenile Justice – 3 hours
  • BCJ 3310 Corrections – 3 hours
  • BCJ 3313 Cultural Diversity – 3 hours

Electives (12 hours must be Upper Level Courses) – 18 hours

Total Hours – 120 hours

To Apply

  • Submit a completed online application.
  • Request official transcripts from all previously attended schools be sent directly to the address below.
    Faulkner University
    4525 Southlake Pkwy
    Hoover, AL 35224

 

Tuition

  • $290 per credit hour
  • $55 per credit hour fee for courses completed online
  • View full tuition and fee schedule for all programs.