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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.

National Job Growth

Legal studies job opportunities are projected to grow 6% in the U.S. by 2025.

American Bar Association Approved

GVSU's legal studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Licensed and Experienced Faculty

Many GVSU legal studies faculty are licensed attorneys with years of experience in the field.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

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?

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