Legal Studies

Legal Studies - Bachelor of Science

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program is to provide students with a broad academic background in general education, fundamental theoretical legal concepts, and practical applications. This rigorous ABA approved legal assistant education program is designed for the student who clearly shows potential for a career in the legal profession and similar fields.

The coursework emphasizes the development of keen analytical skills and fosters sensitivity to cultural and political history and diversity. Graduates can become contributing members of the legal office in private law firms, banks, insurance companies, title and mortgage companies, governmental and law enforcement agencies, and other corporations. The objective of this program is to provide students, through completion of courses consisting of lecture, practical application, and hands-on computer instruction, with the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing members of a team in the legal environment. The curriculum's focus on legal theory, application, and critical thinking allow graduates to perform high-level paralegal duties, with the exception that paralegals are not permitted to give legal advice, appear in court, accept cases, or set fees. Students graduating will have:

  • Knowledge of fundamental theoretical legal concepts,
  • Analytical and reasoning skills,
  • Sensitivity to historical, cultural, and political diversity,
  • Practical legal skills including legal research and writing,
  • Understanding appropriate professional and ethical responsibilities, and
  • Skills for independent thinking

Admission Requirements

All students must minimally meet the requirements for general admission to South College. General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the legal programs. Program admission is not granted until the following is met.

  1. Successful completion of 60 hours of the required curriculum at South College, earning the minimum grades required by the program.

Courses required in this program include:

  • BUS 1380 Business Law I
  • BUS 2380 Business Law II
  • LGS 1010 Introduction to Paralegalism
  • LGS 1030 Criminal Law
  • LGS 1040 Torts and Remedies
  • LGS 1050 Legal Research and Writing I
  • LGS 2010 Civil Litigation
  • LGS 2020 Domestic Law
  • LGS 2030 Estate Planning and Probate
  • LGS 2050 Real Estate Law
  • LGS 2060 Legal Research ad Writing II
  • LGS 2070 Computers in the Legal Office
  • LGS 2100 Paralegal Internship
  • LGS 3050 American and Tennessee Legal Systems
  • LGS 3080 Legal Ethics
  • LGS 3100 Constitutional Law
  • LGS 3120 Evidence Law
  • LGS 3200 Bankruptcy Law
  • LGS 3250 Criminal Procedures
  • LGS 3500 Employment Law
  • LGS 4050 Business Organizations
  • LGS 4100 Law and Technology
  • LGS 4120 Special Topics in Legal Research
  • LGS 4130 Advanced Civil Litigation
  • LGS 4200 Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Studies Electives (8 hours)

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* Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. *

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