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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.

Legal Studies Mission and Objectives

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 SAT Scores

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Two of the Three Criteria:

  1. SAT ERW score of 450 or higher
  2. SAT Math score of 500 or higher.  Placement in MATH 109/110 will be considered (SAT Math score of 480 or higher).
  3. SAT Composite of 900 or higher

New Students ACT Scores

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Two of the Three Criteria:

  1. ACT English score of 16 or higher
  2. ACT Math score of 19 or higher
  3. ACT Reading score of 19 or higher

Transfer Students

  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.  Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; or SAT ERW score of 450 or higher; or Accuplacer English score of 6 or higher.
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 114/115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; SAT Math score of 500 or higher; or Accuplacer Math scores:  Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0-49.  

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

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.

More Information

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

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Business Administration with AAS in Legal Studies - 121 Credits

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