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Pre-law study through a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies provides a unique opportunity to study a variety of areas of law and the operation of the American legal system as a foundation for entry into law school or as a career path to become a para-legal professional.


Upon completion of the program, a student will understand the basic legal concepts and practices that underpin the law of torts, family law, probate, criminal law, the law of real property, dispute resolution and civil litigation. Students will also acquire the legal research, writing and critical thinking skills necessary to foster lifelong learning and adaptability for the future study of law. In addition, students will learn about the important roles that the system of trial by jury, the appellate process, and various forms of dispute resolution play in preserving the rule of law in a democratic society. These are emphasized throughout the student’s pre-law studies.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Legal Studies?

For those students interested in attending law school, the degree provides a basic foundation in legal concepts, legal terminology and case brief analysis that will assist a first year law student with their transition into the study of law at the graduate level. For the current para-legal professional, the completion of a bachelors’ degree enhances their chances for professional advancement in those law firms that require their support staff to attain a college education.

Our Faculty

Our law faculty are all licensed attorneys in Texas. They bring more than 150 years of combined legal experience to the classroom. Many remain professionally active within the legal community. None of our law classes are taught by non-lawyers.

Dr. James Benson

J.D. – University of Houston Law Center, Ph.D. – Sam Houston State University

Dr. Gregory P. Crinion

J.D. - University of Wisconsin Law School

Dr. Russ Jones

J.D. - University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Ellen Lancaster

J.D. - South Texas College of Law

Dr. Marilyn Wells

J.D. - South Texas College of Law

Dr. Billy Smith

J.D. - University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Mark Tish

Ph.D. - Jagiellonian University

Dr. M. Alix Valenti

J.D. - St. John's University School of Law, Ph.D. - University of Texas at Dallas

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