Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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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 (however, first-year students are also accepted). 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% 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.


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
LAW 300  The Paralegal Profession 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Free Elective 3
General Education Courses 6
Second Semester 15
LAW 400  Constitutional Law for Paralegals 3
Free Elective 6
General Education Courses 6
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
LAW 310  Legal Research and Writing 3
Free Electives  6
General Education Courses
Fourth Semester 15
JUR 300  Classical Jurisprudence 3
Free Electives 6
General Education Courses 6
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
JUR 310  Medieval Jurisprudence 3
LAW 320  Litigation and Trial Evidence 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Courses 6
Sixth Semester 15
JUR 320  Anglo-American Jurisprudence
LAW 330  Criminal Law for Paralegals 3
LAW 340  Family Law 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
LAW 350  Real Estate Law 3
LAW 360  Law, Business and the Workplace 3
LAW 380  Estates and Trusts 3
Free Electives 6
Eighth Semester 15
LAW 370  Administrative Law 3
LAW 410  Law and Ethics 3
Free Electives 6
General Education Course 3
Total 120

Program Notes:

  • For Free Electives (37-38 credits): LAW electives are recommended below. However, any upper-division course qualifies as an elective.  
    • LAW 390  Bankruptcy
    • LAW 420  Law and Conflict Resolution
    • LAW 430  Elder Law
    • LAW 440  Immigration Law
    • LAW 450  Labor and Employment Law
    • LAW 460  School Law
  • 42 credits of advanced coursework are required (that is, any 300- or 400-level course or a 200-level course with at least one pre-requisite). 


Note: Transfer students entering this program will have at least 40 semester-credit-hours of college credits; first-year students are also accepted. Students entering with an associate degree will need fewer electives.