Legal Studies

Florida Gulf Coast University

Bachelor’s - Online

The program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies prepares you for career advancement in legal assisting, paralegal and other law-related professions. The American Bar Association defines a paralegal or legal assistant as "a person qualified by education, training or experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity, and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." The program is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the legal system as it relates to the law, the courts, clients and lawyers. The curriculum encompasses both generalist and specialist courses as recommended by the American Bar Association. The core curriculum provides a solid foundation of legal, ethical, technical and communication skills.