Academic Programs Addendum – September 2016


Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

*West is not currently enrolling new students into this program.

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies degree program takes an interdisciplinary approach in building a basic foundation for students to understand the role of law, justice and governance and the impact it has on society. Students acquire knowledge on a variety of judicial, political, and economic systems as well as laws and policies that can be applied in multiple areas of government and business. Within the framework of a liberal arts education, the program also offers an international and historical perspective on legal issues which can provide a solid base for advanced study in the field of law.

See complete program details for the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the application of law in a variety of business, governmental, and societal settings.
  2. Conduct thorough legal research using a variety of sources.
  3. Compare and contrast the United States’ legal system with legal systems in other countries.
  4. Identify commonly used alternatives to litigation.
  5. Write a variety of legal memoranda.
  6. Identify key points in history that contributed to the development of today's legal system.
  7. Explain the relationship between law enforcement and the court system.
  8. Outline the steps of a legal process (e.g., lawsuits, trials, etc.) from initiation to resolution.
  9. Distinguish between constitutional law, criminal law, and civil law.

Course Requirements

General Education Core Requirements – 42 credits

Elective Courses – 21 credits

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) – 15 credits

ECO 301Economic Theory

3

INB 300International BusinessWriting Intensive

3

MGT 340Organization Theory and Behavior

3

MGT 352Political, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Business

3

RES 311Quantitative Methods for Decision Making

3

Liberal Arts Core – 15 credits

BEH 221Introduction to Behavioral Science

3

BEH 331Human Relationships and Interpersonal Communication

3

HRM 335Human Resources Management

3

MGT 337Supervision and Leadership

3

PHI 204Ethics and Values

3

Major Requirements – 33 credits

GOV 281World Political and Economic Systems

3

LGS 300Legal Research and Writing

3

LGS 310Justice System in America

3

LGS 320Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

LGS 330Ethics and the Administration of JusticeWriting Intensive

3

LGS 370Criminal Procedure

LGS 400Comparative Law

3

LGS 410American Constitutional Law and History

3

LGS 420Criminal Law

3

LGS 430Civil Procedure

3

CAP 485Integrated Capstone

3

Total Credit Hours: 126