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B.A. in Jurisprudence/Legal Studies Concentration

The B.A. in Jurisprudence: legal studies concentration program at California University of Pennsylvania is designed for those who have earned an associate degree or have completed a minimum of 40 semester-credit-hours. This program is the perfect solution for those who wish to attain their bachelor's degree, but are unable to attend the traditional on-campus program. Students can enter this program at the beginning of any semester.

The 100 percent online curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the history of jurisprudence, legal reasoning, legal research and writing, litigation, estates and trusts, criminal law, family law, business law, real estate law, administrative law, ethics, and constitutional law. Cal U's Web-based format allows students the opportunity to pursue their interests in a variety of legal topics, preparing them for a host of different career options, including paralegals, court support personnel, law enforcement professionals, future law students, real estate practitioners and business people. Each student has the ability to tailor the program to suit individual needs after a required core is fulfilled.

Job and family demands are accommodated in a virtual classroom where instructors with both academic qualifications and practical experience work interactively with students to create a superior educational experience. This virtual community creates a lively, dynamic environment that enriches the many skills essential in the contemporary workplace.

Required Major Courses (9 credits)

JUR 300:  Classical Jurisprudence (3 crs.)

JUR 310:  Medieval Jurisprudence (3 crs.)

JUR 320:  Anglo-American Jurisprudence (3 crs.)

Required Related Courses (33 credits)

LAW 300: The Paralegal Profession (3 crs.)
LAW 310: Legal Research and Writing (3 crs.)
LAW 320: Litigation and Evidence (3 crs.)
LAW 330: Criminal Law for Paralegals (3 crs.)
LAW 340: Family Law (3 crs.)
LAW 350: Real Estate Law (3 crs.)
LAW 360: Law, Business and the Workplace (3 crs.)
LAW 370: Administrative Law (3 crs.)
LAW 380: Estates and Trusts (3 crs.)
LAW 400: Constitutional Law for Paralegals (3 crs.)
LAW 410: Law and Ethics (3 crs.)

Free Electives (17-18 credits)

Program Notes

Free Electives (17-18 credits) In addition to the LAW electives recommended and listed for convenience below, students are encouraged to enroll in electives relating to business, justice studies, political science, philosophy, economics, computer science, finance, accounting, management and social sciences at the 300/400 level:*

LAW 390: Bankruptcy (3 crs.)

LAW 420: Law and Conflict Resolution (3 crs.)

LAW 430: Elder Law (3 crs.)

LAW 440: Immigration Law (3 crs.)

LAW 450: Labor and Employment Law (3 crs.)

*At least 42 credit-hours must be upper-division courses (300 level or higher) to qualify for graduation.

Suggested Four-Semester* Course Sequence

Semester 5
CourseCredits
JUR 300 Classical Jurisprudence3 crs.
LAW 300 The Paralegal Profession3 crs.
LAW 310 Legal Research and Writing3 crs.
LAW 330 Criminal Law for Paralegals3 crs.
Free Elective or General Education Course3 crs.

Semester 6
CourseCredits
JUR 310 Medieval Jurisprudence3 crs.
LAW 320 Litigation and Trial Evidence3 crs.
LAW 380 Estates and Trusts3 crs.
LAW 360 Law, Business and the Workplace3 crs.
Free Elective or General Education Course3 crs.

Semester 7
CourseCredits
JUR 320 Anglo-American Jurisprudence3 crs.
LAW 340 Family Law3 crs.
LAW 350 Real Estate Law3 crs.
Free Elective or General Education Courses6 crs.

Semester 8
CourseCredits
LAW 370 Administrative Law3 crs.
LAW 400 Constitutional Law for Paralegals 3 crs.
LAW 410 Law and Ethics3 crs.
Free Elective or General Education Courses6 crs.

*Program note: This is a transfer program and students entering this program will have an associate degree.  This program also takes applicants having at least 40 hours of college credit, in which case more than four semesters may be required.