2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.A. in Jurisprudence to M.S. in Legal Studies

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Program Description

The accelerated B.A.-to-M.S. legal studies program enables qualified undergraduates to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's and master's degrees. Students gain an advanced understanding of the law and legal principles as they fulfill bachelor's degree requirements and complete select core courses from the graduate-level legal studies program. These graduate-level courses lay the foundation for the student to ultimately examine practical legal and policy issues through the lens of a particular concentration in law and public policy, criminal justice or homeland security.  

Program Coordinator

Dr. Christina A. Toras

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online)


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.A.-to-M.S. program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any CDC Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course
3 or 4
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • Additional General Education Courses (three courses)
Required Major Courses 9
JUR 300  Classical Jurisprudence 3
JUR 310  Medieval Jurisprudence 3
JUR 320  Anglo-American Jurisprudence 3
Required Related Courses 33
LAW 300  The Paralegal Profession 3
LAW 310  Legal Research and Writing 3
LAW 320  Litigation and Trial Evidence 3
LAW 330  Criminal Law for Paralegals 3
LAW 340  Family Law 3
LAW 350  Real Estate Law 3
LAW 360  Law, Business and the Workplace 3
LAW 370  Administrative Law 3
LAW 380  Estates and Trusts 3
LAW 400  Constitutional Law for Paralegals 3
LAW 410  Law and Ethics 3
B.A.-to-M.S. Accelerated Option Electives 12
LAW 600  Law and Public Policy 3
LAW 601  Law and Ethics 3
LAW 602  Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution 3
LAW 603  Law and Legal Method 3
Free Electives* 25 or 26
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): JUR 310
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): JUR 300 AND JUR 310
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Any Laboratory Course

* The following LAW electives are recommended, though any upper-division course qualifies as an elective:

  • LAW 390  Bankruptcy (3 credits)
  • LAW 420  Law and Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
  • LAW 430  Elder Law (3 credits)
  • LAW 440  Immigration Law (3 credits)
  • LAW 450  Labor and Employment Law (3 credits)
  • LAW 460  School Law (3 credits)

Program Notes: 42 credits of the required 120 credits must include advanced-standing courses (defined as any course numbered 200 or above with at least one pre-requisite course). However, any course numbered 200-299 must have at least one pre-requisite course to be counted as upper division. Courses that are 300 level and above are counted automatically as upper division.

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at: https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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