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Business Administration with an AAS in Legal Studies

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Combine the Business Administration and Legal Studies Degrees?

Pursuing both degrees concurrently is an effective and valuable educational program. Our Legal Studies program is one of only a few programs of its type that combines the foundation of a business curriculum and an American Bar Association-approved paralegal curriculum. The legal faculty members are attorneys (all Doctors of Jurisprudence) that bring practical knowledge and expertise to the legal studies courses. Students are engaged in an active learning environment by performing the same job functions as if they were working for a legal employer. Please see the catalog pages for the Business Administration BS and the Legal Studies AAS for additional information. Graduates acquire skills in legal research, criminal and civil procedure, real estate law, and probate and estate planning.

The Business Administration program builds on these skills by providing you with the business knowledge you will need to advance in your career. Graduates have found that a background in law is beneficial in a wide range of business operations. The B.S. in Business Administration with an A.A.S. in Legal Studies is an excellent preparation for application to law school.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have found the combined degree leads to a variety of exciting career paths, either in the legal environment (e.g., courts, law firms, law school, corporate legal affairs), or business in general. The legal/business grounding is one that appears to be highly sought after by employers.

As a paralegal, graduates assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Although they are not lawyers and may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law, paralegals have the knowledge and expertise to perform work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.

Admission Requirements

New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.

Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70-100.  Transfer Equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46-74 and HS Algebra with 2.0.

Exceptions for New and Transfer Students:  Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math and Reading and a 13 ACT in English (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program.  Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an indivisual basis by the College of Business Dean's Office.  

Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses ) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice.  Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.

More Information:  Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Legal Studies program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree, and the Business Administration major fulfills a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

Legal Studies Mission and Objectives

http://www.ferris.edu/business/programs/legal-studies

More Information

Management Department
119 South Street/BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2427
Email

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.
http://www.acbsp.org

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Business Administration with AAS in Legal Studies - 121 Credits

Business Core - 30 Credits
Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Princ of Managerial Accounting
3
Integrating Experience
3
Contracts and Sales
3
Financial Management 1
3
Business Information Systems
3
Applied Management
3
Quality-Operations Mgmt
3
Principles of Marketing
3
Introduction to Statistics
3
Business Administration Major - 12 Credits
Team Dynamics - Org Behavior
3
Human Resource Management
3
Adv Management Cases-Problems
3
Choose One:
International Business Systems
3
Cross-Cultural Business
3
Legal Studies Major - 25 Credits
Intro Micro Systems-Software
3
Law in the United States 1
3
Law in the United States 2
4
Criminal Law and Procedures
3
Real Estate Law
3
Probate and Estate Planning
3
Civil Litigation
4
Choose One:
Adv Legal Research-Writing
2
or
Practice Studies
2
Free Electives - 6 Credits
See your advisor for assistance.
One must be at least 300/400 Level.

University General Education

Communication Competence - 12 Credits
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
English 1
3
Advanced Business Writing
3
Choose One:
Industrial and Career Writing
3
or
English 2
3
Scientific Understanding - 7-8 Credits
Scientific Understanding Lab - 4 Credits
Scientific Understanding - 3-4 Credits
Quantitative Skills - 3-4 Credits
If MATH ACT is 24 or higher, substitute a general education elective
Choose One:
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
4
or
Intermediate Algebra
3
Cultural Enrichment - 9 Credits
Electives, One must be 200 level or above
Social Awareness - 9 Credits
Elective - 3 Credits
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Principles of Microeconomics
3
College of Business Additional General Edcuation Electives - 6-8 Credits
See advisor for assistance
Electives, One 300/400 level