BA Legal Studies
Concentration in Advanced
Legal Technology

82%

of Graduates Working in Legal Field within a Month Post-Grad

30%+

Number of Program Alum that Move on to Law School After-Grad

100%

Faculty are Practicing Attorneys

1

Only ABA Approved Bachelor’s Degree in Northern California

Overview

There is a growing need for paralegals and legal professionals to fill the technology gap in the legal world. Students and legal professionals who complete this concentration will immediately contribute to employers with regard to legal technology use. Among other responsibilities, they will be able to suggest appropriate software for billing, word processing, discovery document processing, e-discovery case management, document organization, and case management, as well as use various software programs to make common tasks in a legal environment more efficient and cost effective.

Highlights

  • Concentration may be embedded into the BA Legal Studies or the Paralegal Certificate program without requiring any additional units
  • Non-degree-seeking students may enroll through JFKU Continuing Education
  • Most courses taken online

Big things start with a simple yes.

Concentration Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

This 12-unit concentration may be completely embedded in the Legal Studies Paralegal Certificate program. 4 of the 12 units are already required for the certificate, and the remaining 8 units may be taken to satisfy the 8 units of legal specialty coursework also required for the certificate.

The following 4 courses are required to complete the concentration.

Courses
Units
PLS3010 Legal Technology Applications
4
This 4-unit course is offered completely online in the Winter and Summer quarters. This course provides training on software used for communication, creating legal documents and presentations in a legal environment, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat, and Outlook. Students will be exposed to legal-specific software in terms of billing, document management, case management, and trial presentation software used in our legal community. Specifically, students will perform hands-on training and exercises in: Clio, TimeMap, Relativity, Nuance, Workshare, Sanction, and TrialDirector.
PLS3046 Project Management in E-Discovery
2
This 2-unit course is offered completely online in the Winter quarter. Paralegals are often depended on to coordinate much of the discovery process in civil litigation. Taking on this role requires that paralegals are familiar with and understand e-discovery rules, requirements, and procedures. Students in this course will learn the basic principles of project management, and how to apply these established principles to each phase of the e-discovery process.
Courses
Units
PLS3047 Advanced Legal Technology
4
This 4-unit course is offered completely online in the Spring quarter. This course provides advanced training on software used for communication, and the creation and management of legal documents and presentations in a legal environment, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, FileSite, Workshare Compare, and NetDocuments. Students will learn how to use software commonly utilized in law firms and other legal environments for team collaboration with a focus on the capabilities of Office 365, including, but not limited to, Sway, OneNote and SharePoint. Students will also learn about the latest legal-related apps.
PLS3048 Trial Presentation Skills
2
This 2-unit hybrid course is offered in the Spring quarter. Students are required to attend four in-person sessions. In this hybrid course, students will gain live, hands-on experience with the legal trial presentation software TrialDirector. Specifically, students will learn the basic rules of evidence, and to prepare and display trial exhibits, and synchronize deposition videos. Students will also learn how to set-up the equipment needed for live trial presentation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the opportunity (optional) to gain experience with live trial presentation by operating TrialDirector in the summer mock trials for the law school.
Courses
Units
PLS3047 Advanced Legal Technology
4
This 4-unit course is offered completely online in the Spring quarter. This course provides advanced training on software used for communication, and the creation and management of legal documents and presentations in a legal environment, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, FileSite, Workshare Compare, and NetDocuments. Students will learn how to use software commonly utilized in law firms and other legal environments for team collaboration with a focus on the capabilities of Office 365, including, but not limited to, Sway, OneNote and SharePoint. Students will also learn about the latest legal-related apps.
PLS3048 Trial Presentation Skills
2
This 2-unit hybrid course is offered in the Spring quarter. Students are required to attend four in-person sessions. In this hybrid course, students will gain live, hands-on experience with the legal trial presentation software TrialDirector. Specifically, students will learn the basic rules of evidence, and to prepare and display trial exhibits, and synchronize deposition videos. Students will also learn how to set-up the equipment needed for live trial presentation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the opportunity (optional) to gain experience with live trial presentation by operating TrialDirector in the summer mock trials for the law school.

Faculty

Change is possible. In fact, it’s already begun.

JFKu Online

BA in Psychology
Concentration in
Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Program Overview

Industrial-organizational psychology is concerned with the study of workplace behavior. People who possess this degree typically work in areas such as human resources, employee training, marketing and sales, and organizational development. This field of study involves the application of psychological principles to workplace issues to include: selecting employees best suited for particular jobs, developing and training employees, and improving worker productivity.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Units
LDR 364 Organizational Behavior
3
Workplaces vary substantially, not only in their products and services, but also in organizational behavior. This course addresses the sources of difference, such as communication, decision-making, culture, structure, and focuses on ways managers can influence individual and group behavior to create effective organizations.
LDR 471 Conflict Management
3
This course will focus on techniques and skills to manage conflict using appropriate strategies, tactics, and goal setting. Emphasis is placed on building long-term positive relationships in professional settings, theoretical and practical aspects of authority, face-saving, conflict assessment, communication, and problem solving.
LDR 481 Principles and Practices of Leadership
3
This course explores the history, meaning, theory and styles of leadership. From dyadic, group, and organizational perspectives, students examine the type of leadership required to create and maintain high levels of performance in organizations. Students learn how leaders evolve and also discover their own philosophy of leadership and how to apply it effectively.
LDR 499 Capstone Experience
3
The capstone project provides a culminating experience for students to identify and study a current managerial problem or issue applicable to an organizational or business setting. Students design, research, and present their project in a manner that demonstrates mastery and integration of the knowledge and skills expected of an organizational leader, manager, or professional.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Units
MGT 303 Management Theories and Practices
3
This course examines management principles and practices that apply to informal and formal organizations. Systems models and emerging management paradigms are emphasized for use in identifying, analyzing and resolving problems in organizations. Methods of style, planning, and motivation are studied to prepare the student for use in organizational settings. Managing a multicultural organization, changing environments, and the international market place are also explored.
MGT 304 Organizational and Business Communication
3
This course is an exploration of the critical role of communication in creating and maintaining a productive organization. Students develop formal written and oral communication skills and by learning about effective interpersonal and group communication in business.
MGT 313 Business Law and Ethics
3
This course provides an overview of the legal terminology, sources, and principles that apply to resolving typical business problems. The course provides students with an understanding of legal topics, such as organizational structures, contracts and other legal documents, property, tort law and liability, civil rights, and criminal law. The interrelationships between legal and ethical responsibilities are stressed. Special emphasis is placed on preventative law and alternate methods of dispute resolution available to individuals and businesses.
MGT 410 Human Resource Management
3
This course surveys principles and practices of human resource management. It provides an opportunity to review and assess an organization’s personnel structure, policies and procedures. Special attention is given to the legal, ethical, and practical implications of planning, recruitment, selection and hiring; training and development; performance evaluation; discipline and termination; compensation and benefits; safety and health protection; employer-employee relations; and diversity and equal employment opportunity.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Units
MGT 303 Management Theories and Practices
3
This course examines management principles and practices that apply to informal and formal organizations. Systems models and emerging management paradigms are emphasized for use in identifying, analyzing and resolving problems in organizations. Methods of style, planning, and motivation are studied to prepare the student for use in organizational settings. Managing a multicultural organization, changing environments, and the international market place are also explored.
MGT 304 Organizational and Business Communication
3
This course is an exploration of the critical role of communication in creating and maintaining a productive organization. Students develop formal written and oral communication skills and by learning about effective interpersonal and group communication in business.
MGT 313 Business Law and Ethics
3
This course provides an overview of the legal terminology, sources, and principles that apply to resolving typical business problems. The course provides students with an understanding of legal topics, such as organizational structures, contracts and other legal documents, property, tort law and liability, civil rights, and criminal law. The interrelationships between legal and ethical responsibilities are stressed. Special emphasis is placed on preventative law and alternate methods of dispute resolution available to individuals and businesses.
MGT 410 Human Resource Management
3
This course surveys principles and practices of human resource management. It provides an opportunity to review and assess an organization’s personnel structure, policies and procedures. Special attention is given to the legal, ethical, and practical implications of planning, recruitment, selection and hiring; training and development; performance evaluation; discipline and termination; compensation and benefits; safety and health protection; employer-employee relations; and diversity and equal employment opportunity.

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Education concentration prepares Psychology students to integrate developmental theories that address the needs of diverse learners into teaching and classroom management in preschool and child development settings. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge of early childhood development to create, implement, and assess age-appropriate learning experiences.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Early Childhood Education Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Early Childhood Education
Units
EDU 325 Infant and Toddler Growth and Development
3
This course will examine prenatal, infant, and toddler development and the influence of physical development, including the early development of the human organism, brain development, physiological and social influences, emotional regulation, and attachment.
EDU 335 Introduction to Children with Special Needs
3
This course will examine the developing child with special needs and the influence of family, community, laws that support the continued development of a child.
EDU 345 Observation and Assessment
3
In this course, students will evaluate the appropriate use of assessment through objective and subjective observation to document development and make learning visible for families and professionals.
EDU 355 Curriculum and Intervention Strategies for Young Children
3
This course will evaluate the use of observation and assessment in creating inclusive learning environments. This will include curriculum, and intervention strategies for working with all young children, including those with special needs, and working in partnership with families and other support systems.
Early Childhood Education
Units
EDU 365 Teaching Children in a Diverse Society
3
This course will examine the development of social identities in diverse societies and discuss the role of inclusive practices in creating a dynamic classroom environment that is developmentally appropriate.
EDU 425 Administration I: Program Management
3
This course provides an introduction and framework for early childhood education program management to include regulatory and policy issues, budget and financing, project management, and assessment skills.
EDU 435 Administration II: Leadership and Supervision
3
This course emphasizes the practical application of leadership principles and supervision techniques and the role these play in the development of the effective supervisor.
EDU 445 Advancing the Profession
3
This course provides an application of strategic management practices and key leadership skills needed to advance the education profession. Emphasis also is placed on developing and mentoring staff, fostering leadership, and modeling reflective practices.
Early Childhood Education
Units
EDU 365 Teaching Children in a Diverse Society
3
This course will examine the development of social identities in diverse societies and discuss the role of inclusive practices in creating a dynamic classroom environment that is developmentally appropriate.
EDU 425 Administration I: Program Management
3
This course provides an introduction and framework for early childhood education program management to include regulatory and policy issues, budget and financing, project management, and assessment skills.
EDU 435 Administration II: Leadership and Supervision
3
This course emphasizes the practical application of leadership principles and supervision techniques and the role these play in the development of the effective supervisor.
EDU 445 Advancing the Profession
3
This course provides an application of strategic management practices and key leadership skills needed to advance the education profession. Emphasis also is placed on developing and mentoring staff, fostering leadership, and modeling reflective practices.

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice Concentration in Psychology is concerned with the study of human behavior, particularly as it relates to individuals within the criminal justice system. It is designed to help prepare individuals for careers in criminal justice administration, counseling, corrections, juvenile justice programs, and public welfare agencies.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Criminal Justice Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
This course provides students with an introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on crime and justice; law and the criminal justice system; police and law enforcement operations; juvenile justice; and contemporary issues in policing, courts, corrections, incarcerations, and reentry. Students will develop an understanding that criminal justice is a complex social system and is a larger part of the broader social, political, and economic systems of the country.
CRJ 150 Corrections
3
This course examines the context, trends, practices, and special interests of corrections. Emphasis is placed on the history and current trends of the practice, jails, the prison experience, institutional management, educational/treatment programs, prisoners’ rights, women in prison, and race/ethnicity challenges.
CRJ 260 Criminology
3
The course is a theoretical study of crime, its causes, and crime prevention and control. The student will examine the field of criminology and develop an understanding for how research models are used to better understand and explain criminal behavior and society’s response.
CRJ 265 Juveniles in the Justice System
3
This course will bring the student with an interest in public safety and criminal justice into the American juvenile justice system. The student will learn about the laws and procedures that govern the way juveniles are handled by the police and the court, the reasons for them, and how to apply them in the everyday discharge of the law enforcement officer’s duty. This course covers the basics of juvenile justice, from entry into the system by way of law enforcement to prosecution, rehabilitation, and corrections.
Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System
3
This course covers the basics of public administration and the ethical issues of public service, including law enforcement, sentencing, corrections criminal justice research, and crime control.
CRJ 360 Criminal Law and Practice
3
This course covers the key components of criminal law and its enforcement. While the primary focus is substantive criminal law including its statutory codification, other topics include an overview of the criminal law process, defenses, and jurisdiction of the courts. The course will examine crimes against persons, property, and peace and order in detail and analyze the essential elements and burdens of proof required for a conviction.
CRJ 370 Criminal Investigation
3
This course is an introduction to criminal investigation and investigative process, policies, and procedures. Current issues in criminal investigations will be studied along with true case studies and applicable US Constitutional law.
CRJ 450 Drugs - Use and Abuse
3
This course serves as an overview of the chemicals that are commonly being abused in our current society. It will address the classes of drug and the effect of each class of drug. It will discuss the common methods of administration, the speed of transmission to the brain, and the neurological impact on the brain. There will also be a brief look at the treatment continuum of care.
Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System
3
This course covers the basics of public administration and the ethical issues of public service, including law enforcement, sentencing, corrections criminal justice research, and crime control.
CRJ 360 Criminal Law and Practice
3
This course covers the key components of criminal law and its enforcement. While the primary focus is substantive criminal law including its statutory codification, other topics include an overview of the criminal law process, defenses, and jurisdiction of the courts. The course will examine crimes against persons, property, and peace and order in detail and analyze the essential elements and burdens of proof required for a conviction.
CRJ 370 Criminal Investigation
3
This course is an introduction to criminal investigation and investigative process, policies, and procedures. Current issues in criminal investigations will be studied along with true case studies and applicable US Constitutional law.
CRJ 450 Drugs - Use and Abuse
3
This course serves as an overview of the chemicals that are commonly being abused in our current society. It will address the classes of drug and the effect of each class of drug. It will discuss the common methods of administration, the speed of transmission to the brain, and the neurological impact on the brain. There will also be a brief look at the treatment continuum of care.

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

Bachelor of Arts
Completion in Psychology

Ways to Learn

  • On Campus

Program Length

  • 180 Quarter Units

Contact

Overview

In as little as 18 months and with on-campus classes just one day per week, students can earn their undergraduate degree in psychology from JFK University. Our Bachelor of Arts Completion Program in Psychology is designed for working adults looking to finish their degree while taking advantage of the many potential career opportunities available to those holding undergraduate degrees in psychology.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology opens up pathways to a broad range of possible professions. Graduates take their psychology degrees with them into a variety of fields from social work to the social sciences, from human resources to the liberal arts. Those who decide to continue their education beyond their undergraduate degree can pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields, from business to counseling psychology to law. A better understanding of human psychology is beneficial to all walks of life and can lead to greater self-knowledge and life satisfaction.

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Highlights

  • Fit Your Education In with online courses and a program that condenses all your on-campus classes into one day per week
  • Apply Previously Earned Credits to graduate sooner
  • Start Anytime
  • Earn Undergraduate and Graduate Credits with the Linked Degree Option

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Bachelor’s program in Psychology will be able to do the following:

  • Identify, describe, and communicate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Design, implement, and communicate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations.
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Apply psychological principles to individual, interpersonal, group, and societal issues.
  • Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and recognize their role and responsibility as a member of society.

Why Choose JFK University?

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University has been providing higher education to lifelong adult learners in the Bay Area and beyond. Here are just a few benefits of enrolling at JFK University:

  • Private nonprofit university
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Campus, online, and FlexCourse℠ on-demand online programs
  • Locations in Pleasant Hill and San Jose, CA
  • Experienced faculty who are practitioners in their fields
  • Service learning and internship opportunities

Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete 180 quarter units to receive this Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

The 180 units include 45 Lower-Division General Education units required prior to admission. Students lacking these courses may take approved upper-division courses at JFK University, earn credit through CLEP or DANTES tests, or take approved courses from local community colleges.

The study plan below assumes entry to the program with ~98 quarter units with all lower division general education requirements completed.

Fall - First Year
Units
LIB3000 Education, Self and Community
2, Online
LIB3146 Information Literacy
2, Online
PYC3000 History of Psychology
4
Investigates the origins and history of psychology, focusing on key questions, systems, processes, and methods, and how they have influenced contemporary trends.
PYC3100 Developmental Psychology
4
An exploration of infant, child, and adolescent behavior and growth within the context of developmental psychology and the human life cycle. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
Winter - First Year
Units
LIB3100 Critical Thinking & Writing
4, Online
LIB3303 Statistics for the Social Sciences
4, Online
PYC4221 Abnormal Psychology
4
This course explores the definitions, categories, and characteristics of abnormal behaviors from biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural perspectives. examines various treatment concepts while maintaining a sensitivity to cultural constructions of “abnormality.”
Spring - First Year
Units
LIB3145 Research Writing
4, Online
PYC4222 Cognitive Psychology
4
This course explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. We will examine how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3200 Theories of Personality
4
Students study the major personality theories and therapeutic applications in clinical psychology, including body-oriented and transpersonal psychotherapies. Theorists include Freud, Jung, Ellis, Perls, and Rogers. Course may be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
Summer - First Year
Units
LIB3300 Research Methods
4, Online
PYC3210 Social Psychology
4
Examines how social factors influence the feelings, beliefs, and behaviors of others. Explores such topics as: conformity, mass communication, propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, self-justification, aggression, prejudice, liking, loving, and interpersonal sensitivity. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
JFKU Elective Course
4
Fall - Second Year
Units
PYC3220 Biological Psychology
4
This course explores the acquisition and processing of sensory information, the neural control of movement, the biological bases of complex behaviors (such as sleep, learning, memory, sex, language, and addiction), as well as the basic functioning of the nervous system. It focuses on the brain’s interrelations with the mind and behavior and how brain malfunctions produce mental disorders.
PYC4007 Psychology of Learning
4
This survey course addresses historical and current theoretical assumptions and approaches to learning and cognition. Special attention is given to the relationship between learning and cognitive process. Topics addressed include operant conditioning, social learning theory, learning styles, perception, memory, problem solving, thinking, and intelligence.
JFKU Elective Course
4
SVL 4000, Service Learning
0
Winter - Second Year
Units
PYC4220 Cross-Cultural Psychology
4
Explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. examines how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3205 Counseling Psychology
4
Explores the basic concepts of the helping professions. Includes exercises to integrate practical skills with a conceptual framework. For students who have little or no experience in the field. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
PYC4999 Senior Capstone
4, Online
This culminating course offers students the opportunity to integrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of major psychological concepts, theories, techniques, research findings, and practices. A significant topic will be explored from the multiple perspectives of the major subfields of psychology.
Winter - First Year
Units
LIB3100 Critical Thinking & Writing
4, Online
LIB3303 Statistics for the Social Sciences
4, Online
PYC4221 Abnormal Psychology
4
This course explores the definitions, categories, and characteristics of abnormal behaviors from biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural perspectives. examines various treatment concepts while maintaining a sensitivity to cultural constructions of “abnormality.”
Summer - First Year
Units
LIB3300 Research Methods
4, Online
PYC3210 Social Psychology
4
Examines how social factors influence the feelings, beliefs, and behaviors of others. Explores such topics as: conformity, mass communication, propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, self-justification, aggression, prejudice, liking, loving, and interpersonal sensitivity. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
JFKU Elective Course
4
Winter - Second Year
Units
PYC4220 Cross-Cultural Psychology
4
Explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. examines how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3205 Counseling Psychology
4
Explores the basic concepts of the helping professions. Includes exercises to integrate practical skills with a conceptual framework. For students who have little or no experience in the field. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
PYC4999 Senior Capstone
4, Online
This culminating course offers students the opportunity to integrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of major psychological concepts, theories, techniques, research findings, and practices. A significant topic will be explored from the multiple perspectives of the major subfields of psychology.

Faculty

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

BA in Management
Concentration in
Entrepreneurship

Program Overview

Interested in starting or running your own company? The Entrepreneurship concentration offers coursework in new venture creation, new product development, new venture financing, and family and small business, preparing graduates for entrepreneurship in a variety of settings.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Entrepreneurship Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Entrepreneurship
Units
LDR 301 Social Entrepreneurship
3
Social entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges, particularly when it comes to establishing a viable business model and securing funding. This course provides an introduction to the world of social entrepreneurship and an exploration of how individuals throughout the world are assessing problems in their communities, finding solutions, and entering the marketplace.
LDR 302 New Venture Creation
3
This course is an introduction to new venture creation. Students will be provided with a hands-on experience in the preparation of a professional business plan for a new venture. Emphasis will be placed on strategic and tactical objectives, as well as strategic variables critical to achieving success in a new venture.
LDR 303 Founder’s Dilemma
3
New ventures face a host of challenges that must be met head on by the founder. This course examines the process for establishing a venture and the unique decisions the founder or CEO must make as the enterprise progresses from an idea to an established corporate presence. Students will study various benchmarks, trends, and influences that must be known to ensure for a successful enterprise.
LDR 360 International Business
3
This course covers the concepts of international organizational structures and management processes including the cultural, political, economic and legal environments of global marketing, world market patterns, and international trade theory.
Entrepreneurship
Units
LDR 401 Family and Small Business
3
In this course students will apply business knowledge basics to the specific study of small and family business ventures. Students will analyze the various structures family and small businesses take, assess management and marketing strategies, and consider ethical business operation and succession planning.
LDR 402 New Product Development
3
Bringing something new to a market successfully involves much more than simply coming up with a brilliant new idea. To be sustainable, the product or service must be tested and refined, and its target market thoroughly defined and researched. Success also hinges on accurate sales projections, top management buy-in, ample funding, and an effective marketing plan and product launch. Students will explore this complex process and expand their understanding of marketing, market research and targeting, financial projections, and financing within the context of bringing something new to market.
LDR 403 New Venture Financing
3
Even the greatest ideas need funding to get off the ground. In this course, students will study the funding of startups and new ventures from the perspectives of both the entrepreneur and the financier. By examining how investors view and analyze potential investment opportunities and how entrepreneurs structure their firms, products, services, and secure funding, students will develop a broad understanding of the financial decisions and strategies, on both sides, that must occur for a new venture to shift from idea to reality.
MGT 411 Strategic Planning
3
Recognizing the elements and approaches for developing and implementing a strategic plan are necessary for successful execution of a mission and long-term objectives of any organization. Special emphasis is placed on an integrated planning process that incorporates strategic analysis and other action steps necessary for creating and documenting a strategic plan, which will drive the accomplishment of operational plans.
Entrepreneurship
Units
LDR 401 Family and Small Business
3
In this course students will apply business knowledge basics to the specific study of small and family business ventures. Students will analyze the various structures family and small businesses take, assess management and marketing strategies, and consider ethical business operation and succession planning.
LDR 402 New Product Development
3
Bringing something new to a market successfully involves much more than simply coming up with a brilliant new idea. To be sustainable, the product or service must be tested and refined, and its target market thoroughly defined and researched. Success also hinges on accurate sales projections, top management buy-in, ample funding, and an effective marketing plan and product launch. Students will explore this complex process and expand their understanding of marketing, market research and targeting, financial projections, and financing within the context of bringing something new to market.
LDR 403 New Venture Financing
3
Even the greatest ideas need funding to get off the ground. In this course, students will study the funding of startups and new ventures from the perspectives of both the entrepreneur and the financier. By examining how investors view and analyze potential investment opportunities and how entrepreneurs structure their firms, products, services, and secure funding, students will develop a broad understanding of the financial decisions and strategies, on both sides, that must occur for a new venture to shift from idea to reality.
MGT 411 Strategic Planning
3
Recognizing the elements and approaches for developing and implementing a strategic plan are necessary for successful execution of a mission and long-term objectives of any organization. Special emphasis is placed on an integrated planning process that incorporates strategic analysis and other action steps necessary for creating and documenting a strategic plan, which will drive the accomplishment of operational plans.

It’s About Tradition

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

BA in Management
Concentration in
Leadership

Program Overview

No matter what role you occupy on the team, leadership abilities and awareness are essential to building integrity and enhancing effectiveness. The Leadership concentration provides coursework in organizational dynamics, conflict management, teamwork, and psychology, developing graduates’ capacity for leadership in a variety of settings.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Leadership Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Leadership
Units
LDR 360 International Business
3
This course covers the concepts of international organizational structures and management processes including the cultural, political, economic and legal environments of global marketing, world market patterns, and international trade theory.
LDR 364 Organizational Behavior
3
Workplaces vary substantially, not only in their products and services, but also in organizational behavior. This course addresses the sources of difference, such as communication, decision-making, culture, structure, and focuses on ways managers can influence individual and group behavior to create effective organizations.
LDR 471 Conflict Management
3
This course will focus on techniques and skills to manage conflict using appropriate strategies, tactics, and goal setting. Emphasis is placed on building long-term positive relationships in professional settings, theoretical and practical aspects of authority, face-saving, conflict assessment, communication, and problem solving.
LDR 472 Mentoring and Team Leadership
3
This course will give students insight into the management and motivation of employees. Areas covered in this course include selecting the right people for the job, delegating effectively, accountability, coping with challenging people, and building effective teams.
Leadership
Units
LDR 481 Principles and Practice of Leadership
3
This course explores the history, meaning, theory and styles of leadership. From dyadic, group, and organizational perspectives, students examine the type of leadership required to create and maintain high levels of performance in organizations. Students learn how leaders evolve and also discover their own philosophy of leadership and how to apply it effectively.
MGT 411 Strategic Planning
3
Recognizing the elements and approaches for developing and implementing a strategic plan are necessary for successful execution of a mission and long-term objectives of any organization. Special emphasis is placed on an integrated planning process that incorporates strategic analysis and other action steps necessary for creating and documenting a strategic plan, which will drive the accomplishment of operational plans.
PSY 389 Cross-Cultural Psychology
3
This course provides an opportunity to explore how culture affects various mental and emotional states, including problem solving and parenting as well as child development. Students will gain an understanding of interconnectedness, difference, and diversity in a global society.
PSY 421 Social Psychology
3
The analysis of social behavior includes social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, and group processes. Both theory and research findings will be examined.
Leadership
Units
LDR 481 Principles and Practice of Leadership
3
This course explores the history, meaning, theory and styles of leadership. From dyadic, group, and organizational perspectives, students examine the type of leadership required to create and maintain high levels of performance in organizations. Students learn how leaders evolve and also discover their own philosophy of leadership and how to apply it effectively.
MGT 411 Strategic Planning
3
Recognizing the elements and approaches for developing and implementing a strategic plan are necessary for successful execution of a mission and long-term objectives of any organization. Special emphasis is placed on an integrated planning process that incorporates strategic analysis and other action steps necessary for creating and documenting a strategic plan, which will drive the accomplishment of operational plans.
PSY 389 Cross-Cultural Psychology
3
This course provides an opportunity to explore how culture affects various mental and emotional states, including problem solving and parenting as well as child development. Students will gain an understanding of interconnectedness, difference, and diversity in a global society.
PSY 421 Social Psychology
3
The analysis of social behavior includes social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, and group processes. Both theory and research findings will be examined.

It’s About Tradition

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

Bachelor of Arts
in Management

Program Overview

Starting with an inaugural class this fall, gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become an effective manager in any organization or business by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Management. Develop expertise and tailor your degree to your career goals by choosing a specialization in entrepreneurship or leadership. The entrepreneurship specialization provides additional coursework in new venture creation, new product development, new venture financing, and family and small business. The leadership specialization includes additional coursework in organizational dynamics, conflict management, teamwork, and psychology.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of your program, you’ll have the skills and expertise needed to:

  • Use a portfolio assessment and data analysis to measure organizational strengths, needs, and outcomes necessary for success in a competitive environment
  • Apply a variety of organizational and business leadership strategies based on changing contexts in economic and operating situations
  • Demonstrate sound principles and practices in business law and ethics
  • Apply a working knowledge of the principles and practices of managerial economics and finance, human resource leadership, strategic planning, marketing, public relations, and business development
  • Demonstrate mastery of balanced reasoning and analysis using research methodology and depth and breadth of degree program knowledge in a business plan-related capstone project

Why Choose JFK University?

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University has been providing higher education to lifelong adult learners in the Bay Area and beyond. Here are just a few benefits of enrolling at JFK University:

  • Private nonprofit university
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Campus, online, and FlexCourse℠ on-demand online programs
  • Locations in Pleasant Hill and San Jose, CA
  • Experienced faculty who are practitioners in their fields
  • Service learning and internship opportunities

It’s About Tradition

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

Transfer Pathway from California Community Colleges

Are you currently completing your associate’s degree and seeking a head start on your bachelor’s? JFKU offers direct transfer pathways from California Community Colleges to our BA Management program. This pathway offers:

  • Guaranteed admission for an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student who meets admissions requirements
  • Guaranteed minimum 60 semester/90 units transferred (we waive all general education units)
  • Guaranteed start at junior standing

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 42 semester units from the academic major.

  • General Education Requirement - 54
  • Major - 42
  • Academic Minor/Concentration - 24
  • Total Semester Units - 120

Available Concentrations

BA in Management, Concentration in Leadership

Leadership concentration provides coursework in organizational dynamics, conflict management, teamwork, and psychology, developing graduates’ capacity for leadership in a variety of settings.

BA in Management, Concentration in Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship concentration offers coursework in new venture creation, new product development, new venture financing, and family and small business, preparing graduates for entrepreneurship in a variety of settings.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Management major is a traditional business degree program designed for individuals desiring to gain the knowledge, skills and perspectives that will enable them to become effective managers in an organization or business.

Bachelor of Arts in Management
Units
BUS 209 Financial Accounting
3
Introduction to bookkeeping procedures: emphasis on the development of skills for both cash and accrual methods of recording, including adjusting and closing entries, cash controls and bank reconciliation, coverage of accounting systems, internal control procedures and procedures for completion of an accounting cycle.
BUS 220 Microeconomics
3
This is a general introduction to microeconomic systems. An examination of general microeconomics theory with an emphasis on supply and demand, opportunity cost, consumer choice, the firm, the market structure (s) and regulation, allocation of resources, capital, interest, profit, labor unions, income analysis, energy, national resource economics, and public policy.
MGT 301 Leadership in Organizational and Business Management
3
This course provides opportunities for personal assessment, setting of goals and priorities, and planning for professional development necessary for functioning effectively as a leader or manager in an organizational or business setting. The emphasis for this course is placed upon exploring and identifying suitable leadership and management styles; and strategies useful in problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution by individuals, groups and organizations.
MGT 303 Management Theories and Practices
3
This course examines management principles and practices that apply to informal and formal organizations. Systems models and emerging management paradigms are emphasized for use in identifying, analyzing and resolving problems in organizations. Methods of style, planning, and motivation are studied to prepare the student for use in organizational settings. Managing a multicultural organization, changing environments, and the international market place are also explored.
MGT 304 Organizational and Business Communication
3
This course is an exploration of the critical role of communication in creating and maintaining a productive organization. Students develop formal written and oral communication skills and by learning about effective interpersonal and group communication in business.
MGT 305 Business Research Methods
3
This course covers the use of business research methods for analyzing business problems. It provides students with an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research, and of how to write research questions and hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and prepare and present a research report. An emphasis is placed on conducting practical business research in order to help managers make informed and data-driven decisions.
MGT 313 Business Law and Ethics
3
This course provides an overview of the legal terminology, sources, and principles that apply to resolving typical business problems. The course provides students with an understanding of legal topics, such as organizational structures, contracts and other legal documents, property, tort law and liability, civil rights, and criminal law. The interrelationships between legal and ethical responsibilities are stressed. Special emphasis is placed on preventative law and alternate methods of dispute resolution available to individuals and businesses.
Bachelor of Arts in Management
Units
MGT 358 Production and Operations Management
3
This course examines the concepts, processes, and methods of managing and controlling operations in manufacturing or service settings. Current issues such as globalization, supply chain strategy, E-business, and enterprise resource planning are analyzed.
MGT 401 Information Systems for Business Process and Management
3
This course will explore how information systems may be used, developed, and managed to support both the tactical and strategic decision-making activities as well as operations of organizations.
MGT 407 Managerial Economics
3
This is a survey of the basic concepts and principles of economics that managers and decision makers need to understand and apply in business. Topics, trends and approaches in both microeconomics and macroeconomics are addressed. The internationalization of our economy and its impact are stressed.
MGT 408 Marketing Management
3
This is an introduction to the role and impact of marketing in achieving the mission and goals of an organization. Basic marketing concepts and strategies, useful to improving the image, sales, and profitability of businesses, are emphasized. Domestic and international marketing opportunities, entrepreneurship, and other topics related to business development are also explored.
MGT 409 Managerial Finance
3
This course addresses basic financial principles, procedures, and tools necessary for leading or operating any business. Focus is placed upon understanding accounting terminology and utilizing accounting documents to the extent that they facilitate the manager’s tasks of planning, budgeting and decision making for the organization in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
MGT 410 Human Resource Management
3
This course surveys principles and practices of human resource management. It provides an opportunity to review and assess an organization’s personnel structure, policies and procedures. Special attention is given to the legal, ethical, and practical implications of planning, recruitment, selection and hiring; training and development; performance evaluation; discipline and termination; compensation and benefits; safety and health protection; employer-employee relations; and diversity and equal employment opportunity.
MGT 499 Integrated Capstone Project
3
The Capstone Project for the Management is a culminating experience that integrates business and management principles to create a comprehensive business plan for a new product or service for either an existing business or an entrepreneurial venture. Students design, research, and present their final project in a manner that demonstrates their mastery of the knowledge and skills expected of a manager.
Bachelor of Arts in Management
Units
MGT 358 Production and Operations Management
3
This course examines the concepts, processes, and methods of managing and controlling operations in manufacturing or service settings. Current issues such as globalization, supply chain strategy, E-business, and enterprise resource planning are analyzed.
MGT 401 Information Systems for Business Process and Management
3
This course will explore how information systems may be used, developed, and managed to support both the tactical and strategic decision-making activities as well as operations of organizations.
MGT 407 Managerial Economics
3
This is a survey of the basic concepts and principles of economics that managers and decision makers need to understand and apply in business. Topics, trends and approaches in both microeconomics and macroeconomics are addressed. The internationalization of our economy and its impact are stressed.
MGT 408 Marketing Management
3
This is an introduction to the role and impact of marketing in achieving the mission and goals of an organization. Basic marketing concepts and strategies, useful to improving the image, sales, and profitability of businesses, are emphasized. Domestic and international marketing opportunities, entrepreneurship, and other topics related to business development are also explored.
MGT 409 Managerial Finance
3
This course addresses basic financial principles, procedures, and tools necessary for leading or operating any business. Focus is placed upon understanding accounting terminology and utilizing accounting documents to the extent that they facilitate the manager’s tasks of planning, budgeting and decision making for the organization in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
MGT 410 Human Resource Management
3
This course surveys principles and practices of human resource management. It provides an opportunity to review and assess an organization’s personnel structure, policies and procedures. Special attention is given to the legal, ethical, and practical implications of planning, recruitment, selection and hiring; training and development; performance evaluation; discipline and termination; compensation and benefits; safety and health protection; employer-employee relations; and diversity and equal employment opportunity.
MGT 499 Integrated Capstone Project
3
The Capstone Project for the Management is a culminating experience that integrates business and management principles to create a comprehensive business plan for a new product or service for either an existing business or an entrepreneurial venture. Students design, research, and present their final project in a manner that demonstrates their mastery of the knowledge and skills expected of a manager.

Clinical Psychology

13:1

Student - Faculty Ratio in the PsyD Program

84%

of PsyD Students Complete the Program

7:1

Student - Faculty Ratio in the BA Psychology Program

18

Months to Complete BA Psychology

Overview

Clinical psychology is the largest branch of the field of psychology that integrates science, theory and clinical practice to assess and treat a broad spectrum of mental health and behavioral medicine concerns.

The demand for mental health professionals, particularly those with doctoral degrees, is expected to increase over the next decade.  

Clinical Psychology Programs

Doctor of Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology is designed for individuals seeking the highest level of training to become hands-on practitioners in the field of psychology.

Dual MA Sport Psychology and PsyD

This innovative linked program allows completion of both degrees within six years of full time study.

BA in Psychology

Engages students in a lively process of intellectual inquiry, self-discovery, critical thinking, creative synthesis, and interpersonal communication.

Faculty

Set something in motion with a simple yes.

Bachelor of Arts
in Legal Studies

82%

of Graduates Working in Legal Field within a Month Post-Grad

30%+

Number of Program Alum that Move on to Law School After-Grad

100%

Faculty are Practicing Attorneys

1

Only ABA Approved Bachelor’s Degree in Northern California

Ways to Learn

  • Hybrid
  • In-Person

Quick Facts

  • 7 Quarters Full-Time
  • 8 Quarters Part-Time
  • Minimum 180 Units
  • Evening Only

Overview

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University College of Law has been a leading force for public-interest legal causes in Contra Costa County and throughout the Bay Area. JFK University’s ABA-approved Legal Studies Program builds off our College of Law’s half-century of experience educating successful, socially conscious legal professionals.

Our bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies combines our Integrated Paralegal Certificate Program with the only bachelor’s degree in Northern California approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

JFK University’s unique degree completion program allows eligible students to satisfy the California paralegal education requirements after their first year of study while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies in as little as three additional quarters of coursework. This combination provides graduates with a broad range of options for pursuing productive, impactful careers in the law.

Note: Paralegals cannot provide legal advice except as directed by an attorney nor can they establish a client/business relationship or represent a client.

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Highlights

  • Only legal studies bachelor’s degree in Northern California to be ABA-approved
  • Paralegal Certificate Program integrated into first-year curriculum
  • Only undergraduate Legal Studies program in the Bay Area offering full access to an on-campus law library
  • Most textbooks are included in the tuition

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies will be able to:

Demonstrate proficiency in legal writing and analysis.

Describe and assess the ethical obligations and limitations of legal professionals in specific factual situations.

Demonstrate proficiency in legal research, both online and in the library.

Demonstrate proficiency in drafting of discovery.

Apply analytical and creative thinking skills.

Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication.

Describe the role of diversity in American Jurisprudence.

Big things start with a simple yes.

Why JFKU

A Degree that Gives you Options

Combining the only ABA-approved Legal Studies undergraduate program in Northern California with an embedded ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate Program, the JFK University College of Law’s Legal Studies Degree-Completion Program puts undergraduate students on a pathway to success in the legal profession, whether they decide to pursue a career as a paralegal or continue on to law school.

Advanced Legal Technology Concentration

This 4-course, 12-unit concentration may be completely embedded into the BA Legal Studies program without adding any extra units. The concentration gives paralegals and legal professionals an edge by preparing them to fill an existing technology gap in the legal world. Students gain software and project management skills specifically geared toward the profession. All courses except for one are taken online.

Internships that Offer Experience and Build your Resume

For students looking to get a head start on their legal careers, our Legal Studies program offers optional internship opportunities at local law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community law clinics. Students who take advantage of these internships leave our program with an edge on the job-seeking competition.

An Entire Law School at your Disposal

Housed in the JFK University College of Law, the ABA-approved undergraduate Legal Studies program is the only such program in the Bay Area to offer a complete on-campus law library where students can hone their legal research skills. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with JD candidates on real cases in the College’s highly regarded community law clinics.

Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter units to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies, including 21 units of core requirements, 47 upper division units in the legal studies area, and 8 units of electives.

Fall - First Year
Units
PLS 3001 Introduction to Law
4
This course provides students with an overview of the American legal system and introduces students to various legal fields and topics. Legal vocabulary and legal writing will be emphasized. This course will also provide an overview of the role of paralegals in a work environment while concentrating on the various regulations and ethical guidelines governing the work of paralegals.
PLS 3005 Tort Law
4
This course will introduce the student to the broad area of civil tort law including negligence, intentional torts, strict liability, product liability, and nuisance. Privileges and defenses to various torts will also be introduced. Students will acquire the knowledge to define and evaluate tort law to specific factual situations.
PLS 3004 Legal Ethics
2
This course provides an overview of the legal ethics facing paralegals today. This course will extensively cover the ethical rules governing paralegals developed by the American Bar Association in conjunction with the various local and state regulations pertaining to the professional work of paralegals. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of real-life ethical dilemmas encountered by paralegals in the workforce.
Winter - First Year
Units
PLS 3002 Legal Research
4
This course provides an introduction to legal research. It is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of research materials and tools including giving the student a working knowledge of the use of primary and secondary sources with emphasis on research strategies. Students will learn how to locate sources of law, the use of proper citation method, how to Shepardize case law, and research codes and statutes. This course will also focus heavily on the use of computer-assisted legal research.
PLS 3003 Legal Writing
4
This course is the advanced writing course, reinforcing the art of analyzing legal problems, writing clear and concise legal memoranda and briefs. This course will emphasize the writing component of the paralegal profession by requiring the student to research various legal problems and communicate their findings in their proper written format.
Legal Specialty Focus Course
4
Spring - First Year
Units
PLS 3008 Litigation I
4
This course is designed to introduce the student to civil litigation in federal and state courts. The rules of civil procedure will be the focus, with emphasis in the drafting of complaints, answers, and motion practice. Students will be responsible for the drafting of numerous legal documents by way of practical exercises. Additionally, this course will provide students with various interviewing and investigating skills relevant to paralegal work in a law office setting.
Legal Specialty Focus Course or Internship
4
Summer - First Year
Units
PLS 3010 Legal Technology Apps
4
This course is designed to introduce students to various types of technology often used in legal environments. The student will interact directly with the technology throughout the course. The student will be exposed to the management of a law office, including software utilized by firms.
PLS 3009 Litigation II
4
This course covers evidence, discovery, trial preparation, trial practice, appeals, and non-judgment matters. Students will continue building expertise in drafting legal documents and will develop skills in organizing documents and preparing for trial including the use of technology.
PLS 3011 Capstone
1
This is the capstone course for the Paralegal Certificate Program. Students will use their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum to interview clients, prepare pleadings and discovery, and perform legal analysis through the drafting of legal memoranda.
PLS 3103 Advanced Legal Writing
4 (BA ONLY)
This course is the advanced writing course, required for the BA students. This course will reinforce the art of analyzing legal problems, and writing clear and concise legal correspondence, e-mail, memoranda and briefs. Students will conduct research and write a research paper, as well as draft other legal documents.
Fall - Second Year
Units
BUS 3400 Business Communication
4
This course addresses basic skills needed by students to both write effectively and understand verbal and nonverbal communication. Students will develop competencies in business presentations, professional business writing, team communication and identifying techniques to improve effective communication among diverse workplace audiences.
LIB 3146 Information Literacy
2
This course is designed to be taken prior to or concurrently with LIB 3100 Critical Thinking and Writing. Students receive an introduction to library and electronic research, including the skills to successfully find, retrieve, evaluate and use information. Students then focus on the process of conducting research using library and electronic resources in relation to a topic of their choice. This intensive course provides hand-on work in the computer lab with guidance from the instructor. Hybrid or Online.
PLS 3101 Accounting for the Legal Professional
4
This course introduces the basic concepts and principles of accounting. This is an introductory course and, as a result, assumes no prior knowledge or experience with accounting. Objectives of this course include: (1) understanding how accounting concepts and financial statements affect legal issues, (2) a working knowledge of accounting; (3) the ability to understand the language of accounting; (4) enhanced ability to communicate with those in the accounting profession; and (5) the ability to critically review and analyze financial statement information.
SVL 4000 Service Learning
0
As part of JFK University's initiative, JFKU Engaged, to encourage student engagement in our communities, all new students who enrolled in Winter 2015 and after must perform 30 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation. Through this online course, students will submit a service learning proposal, maintain a log of hours worked, write a reflection and final essay, and complete a final project summary. Students will receive/obtain feedback from their site/project supervisor.
Winter - Second Year
Units
LIB 3100 Critical Thinking and Writing
4
Focuses on academic essay writing, rhetorical analysis, and critical thinking; designed particularly to help upper-division students craft better academic essays. Students work on the organization, mechanics, and coherence of their writing and build greater confidence in their ability to write. Students also discuss and practice the fundamental tools of critical thinking, analyze rhetorical devices and targeted audiences of different texts, and attempt to apply their understanding to their own expression. The course helps students examine thesis, types of evidence, and counter arguments as well as movements between concrete and abstract, personal and universal. Each quarter, the course will be organized around a different interdisciplinary theme.
PLS 3113 Critical Thinking in Law and Business
4
Addresses the interaction of law and business and the societal issues that must be a part of successful and responsible business activities.
PLS 3006 Contract Law
4
This course is designed to introduce the student to the area of contract law. Contract information will be emphasized along with evaluation of contract disputes, discharge of performance and resulting damages, and the various remedies available for breach of contract.
Spring - Second Year
Units
PLS 3111 Law and Social Justice
4
This is a survey course examining the civil rights of the various groups studied including people of color, people with disabilities, and gays and lesbians. Sexual discrimination against both women and men will be studied as well.
PLS 3033 Public Benefits Law
4
This course examines the law and regulations surrounding our public benefits in both our state and federal government systems. Emphasis is placed on healthcare law, social security, the ADA, welfare, and regulations governing the rights of the elderly.
PLS 3012 Capstone
3
This is the capstone course for the Legal Studies Program. Students will use their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum to perform substantive legal work in preparation for their entry into the legal profession.
Winter - First Year
Units
PLS 3002 Legal Research
4
This course provides an introduction to legal research. It is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of research materials and tools including giving the student a working knowledge of the use of primary and secondary sources with emphasis on research strategies. Students will learn how to locate sources of law, the use of proper citation method, how to Shepardize case law, and research codes and statutes. This course will also focus heavily on the use of computer-assisted legal research.
PLS 3003 Legal Writing
4
This course is the advanced writing course, reinforcing the art of analyzing legal problems, writing clear and concise legal memoranda and briefs. This course will emphasize the writing component of the paralegal profession by requiring the student to research various legal problems and communicate their findings in their proper written format.
Legal Specialty Focus Course
4
Summer - First Year
Units
PLS 3010 Legal Technology Apps
4
This course is designed to introduce students to various types of technology often used in legal environments. The student will interact directly with the technology throughout the course. The student will be exposed to the management of a law office, including software utilized by firms.
PLS 3009 Litigation II
4
This course covers evidence, discovery, trial preparation, trial practice, appeals, and non-judgment matters. Students will continue building expertise in drafting legal documents and will develop skills in organizing documents and preparing for trial including the use of technology.
PLS 3011 Capstone
1
This is the capstone course for the Paralegal Certificate Program. Students will use their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum to interview clients, prepare pleadings and discovery, and perform legal analysis through the drafting of legal memoranda.
PLS 3103 Advanced Legal Writing
4 (BA ONLY)
This course is the advanced writing course, required for the BA students. This course will reinforce the art of analyzing legal problems, and writing clear and concise legal correspondence, e-mail, memoranda and briefs. Students will conduct research and write a research paper, as well as draft other legal documents.
Winter - Second Year
Units
LIB 3100 Critical Thinking and Writing
4
Focuses on academic essay writing, rhetorical analysis, and critical thinking; designed particularly to help upper-division students craft better academic essays. Students work on the organization, mechanics, and coherence of their writing and build greater confidence in their ability to write. Students also discuss and practice the fundamental tools of critical thinking, analyze rhetorical devices and targeted audiences of different texts, and attempt to apply their understanding to their own expression. The course helps students examine thesis, types of evidence, and counter arguments as well as movements between concrete and abstract, personal and universal. Each quarter, the course will be organized around a different interdisciplinary theme.
PLS 3113 Critical Thinking in Law and Business
4
Addresses the interaction of law and business and the societal issues that must be a part of successful and responsible business activities.
PLS 3006 Contract Law
4
This course is designed to introduce the student to the area of contract law. Contract information will be emphasized along with evaluation of contract disputes, discharge of performance and resulting damages, and the various remedies available for breach of contract.

Faculty

Change is possible. In fact, it’s already begun.