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Legal Studies

Carve Out a New Career in the Legal Profession

Learn to Use the Law to Improve People’s Lives

Whether you’re a lawyer representing a corporate or entertainment industry client, a paralegal interviewing witnesses, or a law clerk researching a tax issue, the goal of a legal professional is to help others resolve their legal problems.

With Belmont's program in Legal Studies, you’ll gain an understanding of the legal system and how to help people navigate through it. You’ll develop the tools to think critically, resolve conflicts, compose strong written and oral communication, and delve deeply into legal principles – skills that prepare you for a wide variety of careers, graduate programs or law school.

Many take advantage of our 3+3 Program, combining a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Legal Studies with a Juris Doctor (JD) – enabling you to earn your undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Belmont in just 6 years.

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January 2023 Adult Degree Program Start Date

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Why Legal Studies at Belmont?

  • Take courses that will build your legal expertise in a particular career field or prepare for law school with this program.
  • The 3+3 accelerated pathway is an option in the major that allows you to complete the first year of law school at Belmont’s College of Law during your fourth undergraduate year. Learn how you can be eligible for this pathway.
  • General Education course requirements can be fulfilled through our 8-week evening semester classes, full-term daytime or evening classes, some online options or a combination of all.
  • Classmates with common goals: your adult student peers, average age 31, are motivated, experienced professionals balancing the demands of family, work and school.

Gain Skills & Expertise

Here's a sample of what you'll do in our Legal Studies Program:

  • Learn about the judicial system, methods of resolving disputes, constitutional law, torts, criminal law, property, and contracts.
  • Gain advanced skills in communication using analysis, evidence, reasoning, constructing and refuting claims.
  • Obtain a foundation for understanding how to build and manage a solo or small law practice, as well as an introduction to innovation within the legal industry.
  • Use real-world case studies to make responsible business ethics decisions.
  • Develop advanced audience analysis for the writing of a variety of legal documents, and in composing advanced analytical and persuasive legal texts.
  • Delve deeper into specialty areas such as international law, music industry contract law, criminal justice, poverty and justice, communication law, entertainment law, copyright law, or eco-justice and faith.

Interdisciplinary Studies & Global Education

In addition to the expertise of our Adult Degree Program staff, you'll also have access to caring faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies & Global Education, home to the Legal Studies major and other interdisciplinary majors, as well as our nationally ranked study abroad program.

A faculty advisor will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic and career interests, and you'll be supported by Belmont's Center for Career & Professional Development while you are here and after you leave! Check out some of our legal studies student stories. 

Legal Studies Career Paths

Majoring in Legal Studies prepares you for a vast amount of career options that deal with the law, both inside and outside of the legal profession. Customize your study with the electives in the Legal Studies major, a related minor or perhaps intern in an industry you wish to work. The following is a snapshot of some of the jobs legal studies students pursue upon graduation.

As a graduate of the program, you'll be prepared for law school or for a career as a paralegal, legal assistant, compliance officer , legislative assistant, insurance adjustor and more. 


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