Hodges University

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies (BLS)

The Legal Studies program offers a curriculum of law, liberal arts, and business which meets the needs of the legal community and the individual student who may want to advance to law school, as well as prepare a student for a successful career in law or other career settings. The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies prepares students for professional and management positions in business and legal settings, assisting attorneys and other legal professionals with legal research, collection of evidence, document and litigation preparation, and other duties of the daily practice of business and law.  

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 Student 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
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
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
LEA3100 Legal Analysis of United States History

LEA3100 - Legal Analysis of United States History - 4 Credits

A study of events in American History which affected the law and legal developments in the United States.

Prerequisite: LEA 1000 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
LEA3010 Legal Reasoning

LEA3010 - Legal Reasoning - 4 Credits

This course is designed to develop skills in the legal methods of case law analysis and statutory interpretation, and develop critical and legal thinking.

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

4
LEA3020 Legal Strategies

LEA3020 - Legal Strategies - 4 Credits

This course provides a study of the basic principal remedies and solutions to problems regularly presented in the practice of law.

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

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
LEA3014 Discovery Methods

LEA3014 - Discovery Methods - 4 Credits

This course investigates the various tools used in the litigation discovery process including document construction.

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

4
LEA3016 Litigation

LEA3016 - Litigation - 4 Credits

This course is a study of trial procedures, strategies, diplomacy, and advocacy.

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

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
LEA4300 Senior Seminar

LEA4300 - Senior Seminar - 4 Credits

A capstone course which examines current developments and events in the legal profession and includes a study of legal logic, analytical reasoning, and comprehensive fact analysis.

Prerequisite: 96 credit hours and permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4

Total Legal Component
72

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, PowerPoint and Access 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
PSY1103 Strategic Thinking

PSY1103 - Strategic Thinking - 3 Credits

This course focuses on how critical thinking and attitudinal perspectives influence human behavior. Students are introduced to methods used in critical thinking, how attitudes are formulated and changed, how the human brain works and how critical thinking can be effective in higher education and their personal lives.

3
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.

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

4

Approved Electives 5
IDS1001 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 1 Credit

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning SystemTM, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

1
IDS4001 The Learning Portfolio

IDS4001 - The Learning Portfolio - 1 Credit

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning SystemTM, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

1

Total Liberal Arts Component
38

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
12

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

122

Benefits

How is Hodges Legal Studies Program Different?

More Choices

The BLS 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 $510.00 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.

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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William Cooney

Professor : Liberal Arts

I am honored by both the high quality of colleagues I work with and the outstanding students who come to our institution.

 
 
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Master of Professional Studies

The Master of Professional Studies degree is designed to provide an advanced level of understanding in professional areas of study or for those students seeking a broad interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.

 
 
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