Legal Studies

Choose Top Legal Studies Program When You Choose Hodges U

Join One Of The Fastest Growing Careers
When you Choose Legal Studies at Hodges U.

Hodges University has the Legal Studies Degree programs that will help you get ahead and stay ahead. Legal Careers are some of the fastest growing careers, and when you choose Hodges U, you’ll have an edge on your competition with our e-landscape programs.

Our Legal Studies Pathway is designed for working adults and will prepare you for a future you can build upon better than any other college or university in Southwest Florida. Why? Because we are embedded in the community and understand what businesses in our area need in graduates who are able to examine the law. Our class size is small at 14:1, and you’ll receive the individual attention you need to achieve educational success.

Get Started Today in Legal Studies

Where you start depends on where you are in your legal career. Our admissions staff will help you determine the best course for your Legal Studies Degree Program based on your prior experience, prior education, and educational goals.

The career outlook for those educated in the law is excellent, and the more education you earn, the higher your opportunities.

Whether you are looking for a Paralegal Certification, want a foundation to go to law school, or wish to obtain your Master’s in Legal Studies, we offer you the legal studies courses that will allow you to get ahead with specialties in the e-landscape. You will be in demand for the law careers that will allow you to earn more when you choose Hodges U.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 22.0000

Master’s Degree in Legal Studies

We designed the Master’s of Legal Studies for professionals who can benefit from legal training but do not wish to practice as attorneys. Do you seek to better understand United States law and explore the relationship between law and various disciplines? Perhaps you work with lawyers and legal issues but do not wish to practice law? Is writing legal contracts a part of your day-to-day responsibilities? The Master of Science in Legal Studies supports various professions such as law enforcement, business, political science, communications, human services, healthcare, and management. If you resonate with the above examples, Hodges University’s MS in Legal Studies could be just the right fit for you.

In this Master’s of Legal Studies online degree program, you will gain skills in professional legal research, writing and communication skills, negotiation and advocacy skills, and study legal theory and the role of law in American society. Additionally, you will develop high level analytical and critical thinking skills, understand how to analyze risk and liabilities, increase your ability to problem solve, and lead others effectively.

A legal studies degree can be applied to many career fields since understanding the law and the legal system is essential for business. All types of companies have specific legal requirements inherent in their day-to-day operations. A Master’s degree in Legal Studies can provide the skills necessary to keep businesses in compliance and running smoothly.

If you want to earn more money, you’ll be glad to know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment in legal occupations is expected to grow 9% between 2016 and 2026 and there are many employment opportunities. Plus, the higher your education, the more you’ll be able to earn in law-related positions.

Careers You’ll Be Able to Pursue

While not guaranteed, with a Master’s in Legal Studies, you’ll be able to pursue high-paying careers including:

  • Compliance Analyst – $40,189 – $79,152
  • Senior Contracts Manager – $72,278 – $138,071
  • Human Resource Business Partner – $53,485 – $101,727

*All career wages above are median wages as recommended by Payscale

Prerequisites You’ll Need to Start the Master's In Legal Studies Program

  • Accredited Bachelor of Science Degree

If you obtained your Bachelor’s in Legal Studies or a comparable program, then you are ready to begin your Master’s!

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies (BSLS)

Are you interested in pursuing law school or management opportunities in a variety of business and legal settings? With a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, you will be qualified to assist attorneys and other legal professionals with legal research, evidence collection, communications, document and litigation preparation, as well as assisting in the general duties in the daily practice of law. A growing career according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a career outlook of an increase of about 10%, your future is an open door.

When you choose Hodges University for your legal studies major, you’ll have a competitive edge with exposure to the rapidly evolving subjects of eDiscovery and eLitigation. The management of email, privacy issues, and electronically stored information are at the cutting edge of current legal practice. Our BSLS program will give you the skills you need to fill critical positions for legal professionals with expertise in the e-landscape by learning practical techniques for managing information security on behalf of clients and law offices.

Understanding the law and how the legal system works is essential for all businesses, and you’ll be positioned to help companies succeed with the skills you learn. The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program at Hodges University will not only provide you with this knowledge, but also provide you with the general business, management, and liberal arts skills that employers want.

The BSLS is a launching point for students seeking to begin law-related careers, advance in their current careers, attend law school or pursue further graduate legal studies. A Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies can give you the competitive edge you need to stand out in today’s job market.

Careers You’ll Be Able to Pursue

While not guaranteed, with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, you’ll be able to pursue high-paying careers including:

  • Arbitrator / Mediator / Conciliator – $36,026 – $103,525
  • Law Clerk – $29,162 – $71,646
  • Office Manager – $31,892 – 67,475

 

(All wage information gathered from www.payscale.com)

Prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Legal Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies program does not have any prerequisites other than submitting your application to Hodges U to begin the program.

And, when you to transfer from other college or university programs, we will apply transfer credits that you may have earned toward your bachelor’s degree. Plus, if you’ve already started your Associate Degree at Hodges, those credits transfer over seamlessly!

We work hard to make it as easy as possible for you to begin and succeed when you choose the Legal Studies Pathway at Hodges University.

Paralegal Studies Associate Degree

The Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies prepares you for a successful career with law firms of all sizes. With a Paralegal Degree from Hodges, you will be fully qualified to assist attorneys and other legal professionals with legal research, evidence collection, communications, document and litigation preparation, as well as assisting with the general duties found in the daily practice of law.

Unlike other programs, Hodges University’s Paralegal Studies program provides you with cutting-edge skills in eDiscovery and eLitigation. The management of email, privacy issues, and electronically stored information is at the core of current legal practice. You will bring the knowledge you need to navigate the e-landscape when you choose Hodges for your Paralegal degree. Fill the urgent openings for legal professionals with expertise in the e-landscape by learning practical techniques for managing information security on behalf of clients and law offices. Plus, when you earn your Associate degree with us, you’ll be ready to sit for either the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam or the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal Exam. Take advantage of becoming a Paralegal, a position with a career outlook that is set to grow 15% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Another great part about choosing Hodges for your degree is that our degrees are “stackable,” which means they work together to get you ahead faster. When you complete your Associate of Science degree at Hodges, your credits will transfer over immediately to the Bachelor’s program. So, you’ll be able to build on the pathway you started when you continue your education.

Careers You’ll Be Able to Pursue

While not guaranteed, with an Associate in Paralegal Studies, you’ll be able to pursue high-paying careers including:

  • Paralegal – $31,967 – $69,073
  • Legal Assistant – $29,268 – $63,268
  • Legal Secretary – $32,768 – $78,149

(All wage information gathered from www.payscale.com)

The Hodges University Difference

Nichols School of Professional Studies

Thank you for considering the Nichols School of Professional Studies for your degree. We offer knowledgeable faculty and staff who are committed to assisting you on your pathway of educational success. Our faculty provides invaluable insight based on real-world experience in their areas of expertise.

Understanding the needs of our local community is paramount in the success of the Nichols School of Professional Studies. It’s also something we take seriously. Why? Because we strive to provide educational opportunities that prepare you for success in your chosen field. Students who are ready to work on their first day help local businesses add to their bottom line faster and improve the way of life for all of us in Southwest Florida. We have developed programs with a wide variety of disciplines that prepare you for the jobs of today – and the future.

Degrees that we offer include Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Paralegal, and Legal Studies, as well as a certificate in eDiscovery / eLitigation. When you choose The Nichols School of Professional Studies, you can expect:

  • To master critical thinking, effective communication, and research, which are three educational outcomes enabling you to be competitive in today’s changing environment
  • To receive a well-balanced, contemporary, and challenging curriculum
  • A challenging and rewarding career in which you have the opportunity to put into practice your educational theory

 

If you are looking for online learning opportunities, The Nichols School of Professional Studies also offers both the associate and bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Master of Science in Legal Studies in an online format. Our other programs of study are available in a combination of on-campus and online formats.

The most crucial factor in your education is the individual attention that you receive when you choose the Nichols School of Professional Studies. Small class sizes and one-on-one attention from our faculty make Hodges University the perfect choice to continue your education. The Dean, Dr. Mary Nuosce, has an open door policy and invites you to stop by her office anytime, even to say hello.

Stay Near, Go Far with Hodges U. Get Started on Your Future, Today.

Jessica Barios - Paralegal Studies

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University? 

I would advise them about how great Hodges and its professors are. For me, Hodges University has been a blessing in my life. I would recommend new students to consider Hodges as their first option; they will not regret it. It is a wonderful school, and the professors are the best. Do not lose the opportunity to start in our school. You will become a great professional and a better person!

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