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.
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.
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 or Reading (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 individual 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.
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.
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.
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.