Why Choose the Legal Studies Program?
The Ferris Legal Studies program provides students with a curriculum that emphasizes a broad-based knowledge of the law, with an emphasis on legal research and writing skills. Students interested in working as paralegals, legal assistants, court personnel, or in occupations that require a strong legal background should consider this program. Ferris graduates have been very successful in using this degree as a background for a variety of occupations and as preparation for law school.
As a student, you will be required to complete courses in legal research, criminal and civil procedure, real estate law, probate and estate planning. In addition, you will study business courses in accounting, business law and computers. General education courses are also required and include English, mathematics and public speaking.
Ferris has an excellent legal collection, and research classes are taught in the library. Lexis-Nexis and WESTLAW, computerized legal research databases, are available.
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Paralegals assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Although they are not lawyers, they have the knowledge and expertise to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.
Few career fields offer such diversity and rewards after only two years of formal education beyond high school. Furthermore, the program is designed to allow the student to complete a baccalaureate degree with an additional two years of study.
The Legal Studies program at Ferris State University has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1978. The curriculum meets or exceeds all the ABA requirements.
Applicants must present evidence of graduation from high school or the GED. To enter the Legal Studies Associate degree (A.A.S.) Program in Business, applicants must have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale); and meet one of the following: ACT math score of 19 or higher, or an ACT reading score of 19 or higher.
The Legal Studies program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.
Ferris State University
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2427
The College of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.)