Nov 30, 2021  
2020-2021 University Bulletin 
2020-2021 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Legal Studies - B.P.S.

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The bachelor of professional studies degree (BPS)  with a major in legal studies is an interdisciplinary program exploring the American legal system from a wide range of perspectives, including economics, philosophy, theology and history. Consistent with Dominican University’s long-standing commitment to social justice, students are required to complete a course in legal ethics along with at least one ethics unit in each class.

Students may elect to declare up to two emphases, which include criminal justice, disability advocacy, labor relations, law and social justice, paralegal studies, public administration, and sustainability studies. Courses are conveniently offered in the evenings at Triton College or online in an accelerated 8-week format.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to work as paralegals, law enforcement officers, public officials, and nonprofit leaders. Those looking to work as paralegals will have the opportunity to take courses in specific areas like civil litigation or real estate law and gain preparation for paralegal certification examinations. As a rigorous social science program, the BLS will also prepare students for law or graduate school.

  • Each academic year consists of six 8-week sessions
  • Classes are offered in an eight-week format
  • Transfer credit of up to 68 semester credit hours from community colleges or up to 90 semester credit hours from a combination of community colleges and 4-year colleges or universities may be granted.

Major Requirements

In addition to satisfying the proficiency and general education requirements for the bachelor of professional studies, students must complete 42 credit hours in the major field or related areas, as indicated.


A student may complete two emphases. Emphasis courses apply to the legal studies elective requirement.

Accelerated Degree Options

Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

High-achieving undergraduates can apply for the bachelor of professional studies/master of arts in conflict resolution (MCR) accelerated degree option. Students admitted to this option can enroll in MCR courses before completing the baccalaureate degree and have up to 9 MCR credit hours apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information is available through the CASS advising office.

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