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.
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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.
Applicants must present evidence of graduation from high school or the GED. To enter a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) Program in Business, applicants are expected to meet two of the following: a minimum high school grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale); ACT MATH score of 19 or higher; an ACT READING score of 19 or higher.
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.
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Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
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The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.)