The Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies is designed to prepare students to enter the legal field as a paralegal or legal assistant working under the supervision of an attorney in the public, private, or governmental sectors. Additionally, students will gain a solid foundation for graduate studies in law or careers in other areas, including corporate compliance, human resources, and banking.
This program is oriented around the critical job functions of competent and ethical professionals working in the legal services industry. That means each course within the program has been strategically selected and designed to deliver the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to enter the workforce upon graduation. To enhance this core curriculum and provide a well-rounded academic experience, students will also take a series of general education courses that emphasize analytical thinking, reading comprehension, and interpersonal communication.
In addition to demonstrating college level proficiency in the Wilmington University undergraduate competencies, Legal Studies graduates will also be able to:
Students must take a minimum of 18 credits of "legal specialty" courses to earn a degree in Legal Studies. The 18 credits may be satisfied with a combination of transfer courses and courses taken at Wilmington University. A legal specialty is defined by the American Bar Association (ABA) as a course that covers substantive law or legal procedures or processes, has been developed for paralegals, emphasizes practical paralegal skills, and meets the ABA's instructional requirements. The Legal Studies program offers legal specialties in an accelerated, hybrid, and online format. Legal Specialty courses are designated with (LS) below; however, they can also be identified by course description and by the Basic Course Information provided on the website.
Students must take a minimum of 10 credits of legal specialty courses through traditional, face-to-face classroom instruction. This requirement may be satisfied through any combination of semester, block, or hybrid courses.
The Legal Studies program may accept in transfer equivalent, legal specialty courses that are taken at another institution. A maximum of 21 credits of legal specialty courses may be accepted from ABA-approved institutions, and a maximum of 9 credits of legal specialty courses may be accepted from institutions which are not ABA-approved.
Credit Through Alternate Sources
The award of credit for legal specialty courses through Portfolio Assessment or by Examination is coordinated by the Legal Studies program Chair to ensure that the quality and integrity of the program are maintained. Any award of credit requires the approval of the program Chair upon demonstration that the credits can be classified as legal specialty, meets the course objectives and practical skills to be developed for the course for which credit is being awarded, meets the needs of the legal community the program serves, and is comparable to course work offered within the program. A maximum of 15 credits may be earned through Portfolio Assessment, and a maximum of 15 credits may be earned through Examination. For more information, please consult the Student Handbook section entitled "Alternative Credit Methods" or speak to the program Chair or an academic advisor.
Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society
Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is a national honor society for paralegal students and one of the highest scholastic honors that can be achieved in the Wilmington University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Invitation to membership in Lambda Epsilon Chi is based on application, grade point average (GPA), and formal recommendation of the Legal Studies Advisory Board. It is the College’s way of recognizing the outstanding scholastic achievements of students completing a Bachelor of Science or Post-Bachelor’s Paralegal Certificate.
Minimum Grade Policy
The Legal Studies program has set a minimum passing grade of “C” for LES 200, 220, 225, 226, 228, and 390 (designated with an asterisk). Students receiving a grade lower than “C” in any of these courses must retake that course.
Express or Guaranteed Admission Program with Widener University Delaware Law School
Students earning a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University who meet the following criteria are guaranteed admission to Widener University Delaware Law School’s juris doctor (J.D.) program:
CTA 206 Computer Applications
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues
LES 226 Legal Writing
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
BBM 319 Business Ethics
COM 245 Writing for the Media
DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing
TEC 215 Basic Photography
FIN 301 Personal Finance
FIN 101 Financial Literacy
HIS 316 American History
POL 300 American Politics
POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues
MAT 308 Inferential Statistics
ORG 304 Survey of Human Dynamics
CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving
LES 200 Legal Ethics
LES 220 Introduction to Legal Studies
LES 225 Legal Research
LES 228 Civil Procedure
LES 350 Interviewing & Investigating
LES 390 Advanced Legal Writing
LES 440 Advanced Litigation Skills
LES 491 Capstone: Virtual Experience in Legal Studies
LES 205 State and Local Government
LES 206 U.S. Regulatory Compliance
LES 207 Global Financial Compliance
LES 213 American Legal History
LES 216 Environmental Compliance
LES 217 Food and Drug Law and Policy
LES 302 Business Organizations
LES 304 Constitutional Law
LES 306 Family Law
LES 309 Bankruptcy
LES 311 Estates, Trusts, and Probates
LES 317 Contracts
LES 321 Real Estate, Transfer, and Ownership Law
LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services
LES 327 Intellectual Property
LES 328 Personal Injury and Malpractice
LES 330 Cyberlaw
LES 331 Electronic Discovery
LES 340 Topics in Legal Studies
LES 405 Delaware Practice
LES 430 Evidence
LES 490 Internship in Legal Studies
CRJ 304 Constitutional Law
CRJ 316 Criminal Law
CRJ 411 Criminal Evidence and Procedures
HRM 400 Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
HSC 325 Healthcare Compliance
FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar
Natural Science Elective
As a transfer student who holds an associate's degree from a partner institution, the following courses are required
LES Upper Level Legal Studies Elective
A Completion Degree is a personalized version of a Bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an Associate's degree at an ABA-approved paralegal or legal studies program. A student who expects to transfer a completed Associate's degree should communicate with a Wilmington University Academic Advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.