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Bachelor of Arts Completion Program in Legal Studies

Discover the only Bachelor degree program in Northern California to be approved by the American Bar Association and in which you complete your Bachelor of Arts and earn a Paralegal Certificate at the same time.

This Bachelor of Arts completion program, offered at the Pleasant Hill campus, fosters critical thinking by focusing on effective written and oral communications as well as specific analytical skills. The Legal Specialty coursework is enhanced by a rich mixture of Bachelor of Arts courses in writing, history, government, and social justice.

Transfer of Legal Specialty Courses
This transfer policy only applies to students enrolled in the Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies.  At the discretion of the Legal Studies department, students may be given credit for other legal specialty courses taken at another school or university provided the course is also offered in this program. To be eligible to receive credit for a previously-taken legal specialty course all the following must exist:

  • The legal specialty course must be equivalent in content, length and nature to JFK University's course.
  • The legal specialty course must be from an ABA approved paralegal program and taken within the last 7 years.
  • The student must have earned a C or better in the legal specialty course
  • The legal specialty course must carry upper-division academic credit.

Up to eight (8) Legal Specialty Courses may be credited towards the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Paralegal Certificate or the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate Proficiency in Legal Writing.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in legal research.
  3. Describe and assess the ethical obligations and limitations of legal professionals.
  4. Navigate the use software applications commonly utilized in legal environments.
  5. Practice analytical and critical thinking ability.


Students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter units to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies, including 17 units of core requirements, 50 upper division units in the legal studies area, and 8 units of electives.

Lower Division General Education Breadth Requirements (45 units)
COMPOSITION / Critical Thinking and Writing (9 units)
HUMANITIES Must have completed at least one 3-unit course in two areas (12 units)
SOCIAL SCIENCE Must have at least one 3-unit course in two areas (12 units)

Core Requirements for Legal Studies Majors (17 units)
COR 3100 - Critical Thinking and Writing (4 units)
BUS 3400 - Business Communication (4 units)
COR 3146 - Information Literacy (2 units)
PLS 3002 - Legal Research (4 units)
PLS 3011 - Capstone (1 unit) (completed in last term of certificate)

PLS 3012 - Legal Studies Capstone (2 units (completed in the last term of the BA program)

(50 upper division units)
PLS 3001 - Introduction to Law (4 units)
PLS 3003 - Legal Writing (4 units)
PLS 3004 - Ethics (2 units)
PLS 3005 - Tort Law (4 units)
PLS 3006 - Contract Law (4 units)
PLS 3008 - Litigation I (4 units)
PLS 3009 - Litigation II (4 units)
PLS 3010 - Legal Technology Applications (4 units)
PLS 3029 - Civil Evidence (4 unit)
PLS 3033 - Public Benefits Law (4 units)
PLS 3109 - Constitution, Supreme Court and American Democracy (4 units)
PLS 3111 - Law and Social Justice (4 units)
PLS 3113 - Social, Cultural & Political Issues in Business (4 units)

Electives (Select 8 units from the following courses)
PLS 3007 Property Law (4 units)
PLS 3015 Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning (4 units)
PLS 3019 Bankruptcy Law (4 units)
PLS 3021 Real Estate Law (4 units)
PLS 3023 Criminal Law (4 units)
PLS 3027 Family Law (4 units)
PLS 3031 Intellectual Property (4 units)
PLS 3035 Immigration Law (4 units)
PLS 3037 Environmental Law (4 units)
PLS 3038 Employment Law (4 units)
PLS 3039 Elder Law (4 units)
PLS 3040 Internship (4 units)
PLS 3042 Skills Workshop (1 unit)
PLS 3044 E-Discovery and E-Filing