Legal Studies, B.A., B.S.
The legal studies major involves the study of law and contemporary issues related to law as part of a liberal education. The American Bar Association approved B.A./B.S. focuses on both theory and practice and prepares students for work as paralegals and for other careers in the field of law.
Legal studies students may earn a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. The B.A. requires third semester proficiency in a foreign language. The B.S. requires completion of courses in statistics and research methods. A minor, not approved by the ABA, is also available.
Why Study Legal Studies at Grand Valley?
- The legal studies major is approved by the American Bar Association and features a critical-thinking foundation that focuses on professional skills.
- The program prides itself on the diverse professional experience of its faculty members, most of whom are licensed attorneys with experience working in areas of civil and criminal law.
- Faculty are engaged in scholarly research and writing and have been recognized as award-winning teachers and mentors.
- The program's advisory board consists of attorneys and paralegals who give guidance on matters such as curriculum, internship and employment opportunities, and trends in the legal field.
- The legal studies internship program allows students to get college credit for work in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, and other organizations that engage in law-related work.