Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

Legal Studies is excellent preparation for law school and career management opportunities in a variety of business and legal settings. Upon graduation you will be qualified to assist attorneys and other legal professionals with legal research, evidence collection, communications, document and litigation preparation, and the general duties of the daily practice of law.

The Legal Studies program also features a unique introduction to the rapidly evolving subjects of eDiscovery and eLitigation. The management of e-mail, privacy issues and electronically stored information are at the cutting edge of current legal practice. The Legal Studies program will prepare you to fill the urgent need for legal professionals with expertise in this area by learning practical techniques for managing information security on behalf of clients and law offices.

On Campus and Online
The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree program is offered in a traditional classroom format, an accelerated classroom format as well as online.

Legal Studies Students Learn:

     

  • Law and Litigation
  • How the Legal System Works
  • Business Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Writing Techniques
  • Management Skills
  • How to Excel in Legal Professions

Why Legal Studies?

Is the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies Right For Me?

Understanding the law and how the legal system works is important for businesses. Many professionals, both in law and other industries need to understand the legalities inherent in successful business practices. A degree in Legal Studies from Hodges University not only provides an understanding of how our legal system works and the law, but also provides general business, management, and liberal arts skills that employers look for. This degree is a launching point for students seeking to begin a law-related career, advance in their current career, attend law school, or pursue further graduate studies. A Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies can give you the competitive edge you need to stand out in today's job market.

Legal Studies Graduates May Find Employment in the Following:

  • Law Offices
  • Government
  • Office Administration
  • Banking
  • Corporate Legal Departments

Continue Your Education

Why stop with a Bachelor's degree? At Hodges, you can obtain your Master of Science in Legal Studies, further enhancing your expertise and career options.

Careers

What is the Legal Studies Career Outlook?*

The career outlook for law and legal occupations is positive.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts an increase of 11% for all Legal Occupations and an 18% increase for Paralegals and Legal Assistants in particular from 2010 to 2020.*

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm#tab-6 12-6-2013

Legal Studies Careers

LAW
  • Attorney
  • Legal Consultant
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislative Liaison
  • Litigation Analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Court Administration
  • Court Clerk
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SERVICE
  • FBI Agent
  • Government Relations Director
  • Politician
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Service Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Historian
  • Contract Administrator
OTHER
  • Policy Developer
  • Superintendent
  • Investigator
  • Labor Relations

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program during any semester. If a student takes 12 credits per session (A&B), the student could complete this program in approximately 5 semesters.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I. Legal Component Semester Hour Credit
LEA1000 Introduction to Law

LEA1000 - Introduction to Law - 4 Credits

An introduction to the legal system including the United States Constitution, sources of law, state and federal court systems, administrative agencies, basic legal research, and various areas of common law including briefing cases and terminology common to those areas of law. This course is a prerequisite to all LEA courses.

4
LEA1001 Civil Procedure

LEA1001 - Civil Procedure - 2 Credits

This course provides a study of basic procedural due process including complaints, answers, crossclaims, discovery, various pre-trial motions, and basic trial procedures.

Prerequisite: LEA1000 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

2
LEA1002 Torts

LEA1002 - Torts - 2 Credits

A general overview of tort law including types of torts such as: intentional, negligence, strict liability, product liability, and non-physical injury. Also covered are the limits and defenses to liability, and research and writing on the subject.

Prerequisite: LEA1000 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

2
LEA1003 Contracts

LEA1003 - Contracts - 2 Credits

This course provides a study of basic contract elements, breach of contract, remedies, various types of common contracts and their usage, including terms and clauses often contained in contracts.

Prerequisite: LEA1000 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

2
LEA1004 Property

LEA1004 - Property - 2 Credits

A study of basic property possession, ownership, and transfer theory through an examination of common and statutory law as each affects real property. The student is introduced to property descriptions, title examination, encumbrances, easements, licenses, real estate financing, title insurance, closings, condominiums and cooperatives, surveys and descriptions, and leases.

Prerequisite: LEA1000 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

2
LEA2300 Business Organizations

LEA2300 - Business Organizations - 4 Credits

A study of business organizations, partnerships, LLCs, and corporations relating to their creation, operation, and importance in the legal environment. Upon completion of this course students will be able to create various types of business entities, explain the best entity to use based on circumstances presented, and define the requirements for various business types.

Prerequisite: LEA1000 or permission of the Program Chair

4
LEA2010 Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure

LEA2010 - Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure - 4 Credits

This course is a study of the principles and elements of substantive criminal law including common law concepts and modern statutory provisions regarding crimes against the person, property and habitation, the public, and inchoate crimes; and a study of the principles of criminal defenses including factual, statutory, and constitutional defenses; and the principles of criminal procedure including court procedures and constitutional requirements of law enforcement procedures.

4
LEA2014 Legal Research and Writing

LEA2014 - Legal Research and Writing - 4 Credits

A study of the various tools and methods used to perform legal research and a study of legal writing formats and techniques, and the preparation of briefs, memoranda, and other legal documents.

Prerequisite: LEA1000 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
LEA2502 Family Law

LEA2502 - Family Law - 4 Credits

In this course students are instructed on Florida’s laws governing marriage, divorce (dissolutions), property settlements, child custody, support obligation, adoption proceedings, and in drafting the various pleadings and papers.

. Prerequisite: Permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
LEA2800 Wills and Trusts

LEA2800 - Wills and Trusts - 4 Credits

This course examines basic concepts of the estate planning process including intestacy, transfer of assets, wills, probate, trusts, capacity, and intent. After taking this course students will be able to describe key terms and their meaning, draft a sample will, and properly chart distribution of assets.

.Prerequisite: LEA1000 or permission of the Program Chair

4
LEA3603 Criminal Law and Procedure II

LEA3603 - Criminal Law and Procedure II - 4 Credits

This course is a study of the practices and application of substantive criminal law including common law concepts and modern statutory provisions regarding crimes against the person, property and habitation, the public, and inchoate crimes; and a study of the practices and application of criminal defenses including factual, statutory, and constitutional defenses; and the practices and application of criminal procedure including court procedures and constitutional requirements of law enforcement procedures.

Prerequisite: LEA 2010 Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure, or permission of the Legal Studies Program Chair, Criminal Justice Program Chair, or Dean

4
LEA4040 Constitutional Law

LEA4040 - Constitutional Law - 4 Credits

Overview and examination of the various management systems that are employed within the agencies identified in the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be placed on entry requirements, training, means

Prerequisite: Permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
LEA3010 Legal Reasoning and Strategies

LEA30100 - Legal Reasoning and Strategies - 4 Credits

This course is designed to develop skills in legal methods of case law analysis and statutory interpretation, develop critical legal thinking, and to study basic principles of legal remedies and solutions to problems regularly presented in the practice of law.

Prerequisites: LEA1000, ENG1101, or permission of the Program Chair

4
LEA3035 Current Legal Issues

LEA3035 - Current Legal Issues - 4 Credits

This course presents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, 60 credit hours including LEA2014 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
LEA3012 Alternative Dispute Resolution

LEA3012 - Alternative Dispute Resolution - 4 Credits

A comprehensive study of the alternative dispute resolution process as it applies to all aspects of business, professional, and personal life. The history, rationale, law, methodology and application of ADR procedure are studied and reviewed relevant to application and participation by the student.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, 60 credit hours including LEA2014 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
LEA3055 eDiscovery

LEA3055 - eDiscovery - 4 Credits

This course will focus on the effect of electronic information on the litigation practice. Specific areas to be covered include preservation of electronic information, data collection, production issues, spoilation of evidence, ethical issues, and admissibility. Students will be able to identify and discuss key terms and concepts associated with eDiscovery techniques.

4
LEA3065 eWorkshop

LEA3065 - eWorkshop - 4 Credits

This course will give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in LEA3055 using real-world eDiscovery software from Acess, Lexis/Nexis, etc. to work through a simulated case study. Students will be taught project management techniques including how to collect data, review and identify the data, then analyze it for litigation purposes.

4
LEA3075 Data Privacy and Social Media

LEA3075 - Data Privacy and Social Media - 4 Credits

This course will help students identify problem areas associated with data privacy and social media as it applies to the legal and business environment. The implications of using social media in the law office can be more profound and far reaching than some may expect and this course will teach students areas of concern and tips to avoid legal trouble caused by social media. This course is also intended to discuss the importance of data privacy and the safeguards necessary to protect data in an increasingly electronic society.

4
LEA3085 eLitigation and Litigation Support

LEA3085 - eLitigation and Litigation Support - 4 Credits

This course will focus primarily on teaching students the necessary skills for litigation support in the electronic age. Students will learn the basics of eFiling at the state and federal level, preservation of litigation material, and trial presentation and support. Students will be able to identify various methods of litigation support techniques based on the type of case and issues presented for trial.

4
LEA4014 Legal Writing

LEA4014 - Legal Writing - 4 Credits

This course is designed to improve the student’s crafting skills of legal documents, including the nuts and bolts of construction of common practice documents and sophisticated legal writing.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, 60 credit hours including LEA2014 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
LEA4015 Advanced Legal Research

LEA4015 - Advanced Legal Research - 4 Credits

This course is designed to improve the students’ skills in legal research, including international research, administrative law research, and research in various substantive legal fields.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, 60 credit hours including LEA2014 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
LEA4016 Evidence

LEA4016 - Evidence - 4 Credits

This course provides a study of the basic principles and practical application of the law of evidence, with a focus on the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Florida Evidence Code, with emphasis on the importance of such rules in the evaluation and analysis of legal representation of clients, civil or criminal.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, 60 credit hours including LEA2014 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4

Total Legal Component
80

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component


CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a level of basic proficiency.

4
ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition - 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
PSY1102 Strategic Thinking

PSY1102 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

This course focusses on the process by which attitudes are developed, evaluated, and changed. Students will focus on applying critical thinking skills to understand current issues, belief systems and ethical positions.

2
COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

4
PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4
PHI4101 Logic

PHI4101 - Logic - 4 Credits

This course instructs the learner in important skills related to the practical uses of both inductive and deductive logic. The course also focuses on the analysis and evaluation of formal and informal arguments and of fallacies as encountered in everyday discourse.

Prerequisite: ENG1101

4
ENG4210 Professional Writing

ENG4210 - Professional Writing - 4 Credits

This course provides instruction in audience analysis and expectations for writing in professional situations. Students will use various rhetorical devices and strategies as they compose such forms as letters, memos, reports, and proposals. A passing grade of C is required.

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C or better in ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

4
IDS1002 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credit

The Foundations for College Success course is a two credit course designed specifically for first year students and new students who do not have a minimum of 60 transferrable credit hours or an Associate degree. This course must be completed the first semester at Hodges University. The purpose of this course is to help new students make a successful transition to Hodges University in the academic, social, professional and personal realms. This course aims to foster a sense of belonging, to promote engagement in the life of the university, to explain the expectations of the University and its faculty, help students develop and apply critical thinking skills, as well as assisting students in the ongoing process of clarifying their purpose, meaning, and direction.

2

Total Liberal Arts Component
32

Area III.

Approved Elective Component



Approved Elective Component

Credit for courses taken under Approved Elective Component may be granted through either advanced standing credit (transfer credits) or classes taken at Hodges University as approved in consultation with the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean, preferably in subjects related to law.




Total Elective Component
8

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

120

Benefits

How is Hodges Legal Studies Program Different?

More Choices

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies Degree Program is designed to be delivered online, in a traditional classroom format or in an accelerated class format. Students may take classes online, in class, or a combination of the two making it possible to attend classes while working full time.

Our Professors

Every instructor of law at Hodges University holds a Juris Doctorate degree and has practiced law. All other instructors hold at least a Master’s degree and experience in their respective field, ensuring that each student receives the best education and preparation in his/her career field.

Small Class Size

Our small class sizes allow for enhanced individual attention. With an average class size of 14 students, you will always receive the assistance and attention you need.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

Rewards Plan

Full time undergraduate students can take advantage of our Rewards Plan. Take an additional course at no extra cost and save up to 25% on undergraduate tuition.

Prospective students should contact Admissions at 844-HODGESU or admit@hodges.edu for more information. Current students should contact the Registrar's Office at 239-938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu for more information.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"Taking advantage of course offerings at both Naples and Ft. Myers, as well as on-line, helped me to quickly and easily fulfill my degree requirements and expedite my anticipated graduation." - David Dickson, Legal Studies Major

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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Hodges University’s Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Program supports the University’s philosophy of being an open, creative, and community conscious institution of higher learning.

 
 
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