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Advance Your Career in Legal Services.

Explore the possibilities of a focused paralegal degree.

Dominican University’s 100% online Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (BLS) program offers you a solid foundation in legal theory and practice to help prepare you to advance in (or pursue) a rewarding career as a paralegal, or continue on to law school or graduate school. Choose up to two concentrations to achieve the greatest alignment to your professional goals:

Paralegal Studies - Boost your legal writing skills, specific areas of law and the foundations of the American legal system.

Law & Social Justice − Enhance your knowledge of public interest law, civil rights and crime in society.

Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market as a paralegal or legal assistant by increasing your value as a well-educated professional. To learn more about this highly flexible program, fill out the form above.

Other Concentrations Available in:
Criminal Justice
Public Administration
Labor Relations
Sustainability Studies
Disability Advocacy

Sample Curriculum

The online Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies degree requires the completion of 120 credit hours. Below is a sample of some required and elective courses:

LS 300 The American Legal System
LS 301 Legal Research & Writing
LS 321 Law & Economics
LS 322 Philosophical Basis of the Law
LS 325 Contracts
LS 323 Freedom of Speech
LS 324 Civil Rights
LS 340 Negotiation Theory
LS 351 Criminal Law & Procedure
LS 352 Civil Litigation

Concentration Courses

Paralegal Studies (All Required)
LS 302 The Paralegal Profession (3) – only offered face-to-face, not online
LS 303 Law Office Technology (3) – only offered face-to-face, not online
LS 304 Law Office Management (3) – only offered face-to-face, not online
LS 305 Oral Communication for Legal Professionals (1) – only offered face-to-face, not online
LS 352 Civil Litigation (3)

Law & Social Justice (All Required)
LS 310 Crime and Society (3)
LS 324 Civil Rights (3)
LS 335 Social Justice (3)

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Q: How often do I need to log in to my course each week?
A: It is recommended that you log in to your online classroom on a daily basis. At a minimum, you should log in to your online classroom at least three times per week. If you do not, you risk falling behind.

Q: Do I have to log in at specific times of the day?
A: No. The coursework at Dominican is 100% asynchronous, meaning that there are no set meeting times unless special arrangements are made with the instructor.

Q: What is the format of instruction?
A: Instruction varies with the use of third party materials, media components, and text counterparts, discussion boards and written papers. Two discussions are posted weekly and students must post at least three times to each discussion over a minimum of three days.

About Dominican University

Dominican University is a premier, not-for-profit, private school that was established in 1902 and is focused on teaching social justice while motivating students to ethically search for truth. Dominican is a relationship-centered, educational community rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, and has consistently been ranked in the 'Top 20 schools in the Midwest' by US News & World Report for 15 years.

Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( Dominican is also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Registration and Education, and the State Approving Agency for Veterans Affairs.