Finish your degree and prepare for a rewarding law-related career in Dominican’s highly ranked Bachelor of Professional Studies in Legal Studies.

The Best Schools ranks our legal studies program among the Top 15 in the nation for its “academic excellence, faculty strength and range of courses.” This accelerated program is practical, powerful and individually tailored to your professional goals.

Prepare for meaningful work in an exciting field

In this interdisciplinary major, you’ll learn to write, research issues, analyze data and solve real-world problems at a whole new level. Your advisor will help you tailor your program to meet your professional goals. You can choose up to two concentrations in high-demand fields (such as paralegal studies, public administration, labor relations, social justice, disability advocacy or criminal justice). You can even design your own concentration. You’ll learn how the legal system works, how it relates to social justice, and how to assist people in ensuring their rights.

A program designed with you in mind

With all the demands of work and family, who has time for college? You do. This major is flexible enough to meet the needs of working adults. You can take all of your courses online, in the classroom, or in any combination that works for you. You can transfer prior college credit toward your Dominican degree, and even earn credit for the knowledge and skills you’ve learned through life experiences. The university offers courses year-round in an accelerated eight-week format that enables you to complete your work in about 20 months. Why not start now?

In addition, the program’s foundational studies in the legal system, legal terminology and the liberal arts provide strong preparation for law or graduate school. There is also the option to take several graduate courses towards multiple degrees, such as conflict resolution, social work or library sciences and business by enrolling in an accelerated bachelor's to graduate degree saving time and money.

Online learning at Dominican

Online learning allows you to earn a degree from a highly respected university without putting your career on hold. Our online bachelor’s programs are more flexible and convenient than traditional programs, but they are by no means easier.

Never taken an online course before? No worries. All students in our online programs begin with an Adult Learning Seminar, which includes lessons in navigating the online learning environment, so you’ll have the tools to succeed. 

Program Overview

Presented in accelerated format, the BPS program allows you to complete the equivalent of two years of full-time coursework in just 20 months. The program is an interdisciplinary program exploring the American legal system from a wide range of perspectives, including economics, philosophy, theology and history. You’ll study with leading scholars and legal professionals and build competence in writing, research and critical thinking. You’ll learn how the legal system works, how it interrelates with social justice and how to assist people in asserting their rights. You can:

  • Start the BPS program whenever it’s convenient for you
  • Take courses throughout the year—online or in person
  • Tailor your degree to your career goals by choosing an academic concentration or two—or creating your own
  • Complete the program in about 20 months
  • Learn efficiently in accelerated eight-week courses
  • Transfer prior college credits toward your Dominican degree
  • Earn college credit for learning experiences beyond the classroom

Marilyn Sappington

Dominican Graduate, BA in Legal Studies, MBA

“From the very first phone call, I got the support that I needed from the faculty and staff. They really pushed me to new heights. The flexible classes fit into my work and family life, and I was able to earn my degree in less than two years.”

Second Bachelor’s Degree Option

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and seek to retrain for a law-related field or to prepare for law school may enroll in a 10-course program leading to a second bachelor’s degree in professional studies with a major in legal studies.

Join a community where everyone counts

The Bachelor of Professional Studies is tailored to the needs of the 21st century learner. At the same time, it is rooted in the 800-year-old Dominican model of education. It is based on a recognition of the profound value and unique potential of each person. Whether you take a course online or in the classroom, we will engage you as an individual and meet you where you are in life. We will help you to build strengths, clear hurdles and achieve your professional and personal goals.

John Dooley

Dominican Graduate

“I knew that if I wanted a chance for a better career, I had to get my bachelor’s degree. Dominican’s curriculum stood out, and the online program gave me the freedom to set a
schedule of study that would fit into my day. I’ll never forget walking across that stage at graduation.”


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