Pre-Law Studies Degree - Online and Campus Programs

Pre-law studies prepare students for work in the legal profession, either as lawyers or paralegals. Lawyers are experts in matters relating to the law. They represent clients in court, advise clients regarding their legal rights and obligations, and perform a variety of other functions. Paralegals do much of the work behind the scenes, like conducting legal research and drafting documents.
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Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

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Programs:
  • Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Locations:  Virginia Beach, VA Savannah, GA Columbia, SC More...

Programs:
  • Paralegal Studies (AS)
  • Legal Studies (BS)

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Programs:
  • Jurisprudence with concentration in Legal Studies (Bachelor of Science) - Online
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If you want to pursue a pre-law degree, you should:
  • Be highly analytical
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be methodical and detail oriented
  • Possess personal integrity and high ethical standards

What to Know About Pre-Law Studies and Degrees

A pre-law degree is typically a four-year degree in preparation for an additional three years of law school or work in paralegal assisting. Although majors vary, pre law classes include public speaking, political science, philosophy and economics If you're interested in specialized legal work, such as tax law or corporate law, you need to take appropriate classes, such as accounting or business.

Career Outlook for Legal Professions

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for lawyers will grow approximately 13 percent from 2008 through 2018. Opportunities for paralegals will grow 28 percent. Salaries for lawyers depend on the industry and break down as follows:
  • Management of companies and enterprises: $145,770
  • Federal executive branch: $126,080
  • Legal services: $116,550
  • Local government: $82,590
  • State government: $78,540
As of May 2008, paralegals earned $46,120, on average. A pre-law degree is the starting point of a long, lucrative legal career and can help you gain the knowledge and expertise crucial to this high-powered career.