Legal Studies


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.


  • The major is approved by the American Bar Association and features a curriculum that provides a strong foundation in writing and critical thinking with an emphasis on professional skills necessary for success in the legal field.
  • The program prides itself on the diverse professional experience of its faculty members, most of whom are licensed attorneys, who collectively have many years of experience working in areas of civil and criminal law.
  • Faculty are engaged in scholarly research and writing and have been recognized in their professional circles as award-winning teachers and mentors.
  • The program has an advisory board consisting of attorneys and paralegals representing a broad cross-section of employers. The board plays an important role by giving guidance on matters such as curriculum, internship and employment opportunities, and trends in the legal field.

Undergraduate Studies


Legal studies graduates are employed by:

  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Law firms
  • Courts
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations

Graduates who work in these fields can play an important role in the delivery of legal services, but they are not permitted to practice law. Graduates who seek to practice law must pursue a law school degree and satisfy other state requirements for admission to the bar.

Major (B.A./B.S.)

LS Major


LS Minor

Certificate In Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies Certificate

LS Post Bachelor's Certificate

When consulting the catalog be sure to select the catalog year you started at GVSU.

faculty teaching

Prepared.  With coursework in substantive law, communication, legal ethics and professionalism, legal research, and more, students can leave the legal studies program feeling prepared for multiple professional legal career opportunities.

Skillful.  Faculty bring a variety of knowledge and perspectives from their experiences in professional legal settings to help deliver an optimal liberal education.

Pertinent.  Graduates of the legal studies program will find that their degree can open many employment opportunities in: Government agencies, law firms, courts, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and insurance companies.

To learn more about our Legal Studies program, please contact:

Professor Joshua Sheffer

To learn more about our internship program, please contact:

Diana Lamphiere

Page last modified July 18, 2018