Bachelor of Professional Studies in Legal Studies
Prepare for meaningful work in an exciting field
In this major, you’ll explore the legal system from a range of perspectives, including economics, philosophy, theology and history. In less than two years, you’ll be prepared to work at law firms, corporate legal departments, social justice advocacy groups and more. Those seeking to work as paralegals can take courses in areas like civil litigation or real estate law in preparation for certification exams. Our adult and continuing studies programs are also a natural bridge to some of our most high-impact master’s degrees, including our Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
A program designed with you in mind
Dominican is the right place to relaunch your academic journey. We understand the unique needs of today’s busy adult learners and value the experience you bring. We’re prepared to help you clear obstacles and balance academic demands, full-time work and family responsibilities. You can transfer prior credit. And you can study from anywhere by taking your classes fully online. The university offers courses year-round in an accelerated eight-week format that allows you to finish in as little as 20 months. You can also choose our in-person evening classes, offered at Triton College.
- 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 21 hours of social science courses
- Complete the program in about 20 months
- Learn efficiently in accelerated eight-week sessions
- Transfer prior college credits toward your Dominican degree
- Earn college credit for learning experiences beyond the classroom
Never taken an online course before? Don’t worry. Our Adult Learning Seminar will enable you to navigate and enjoy the online learning experience. You’ll receive all the tools and skills you need to succeed in your studies and complete your degree.
Dominican Graduate, 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.”
Let’s finish what you started—together
Finishing your degree is a transformative achievement. At Dominican, we take pride in that partnership with you and we are fully invested in your success. You will be assigned a dedicated advisor who will check in with you regularly to ensure nothing stands in the way of achieving your goals. You’ll have access to tutoring, research and writing assistance, and more. Our Office of Career Development can connect you with job opportunities. And whether you study in person or online, you will feel connected and welcomed. Our curriculum—which includes an emphasis on ethics, global citizenship, and communication—will ensure you’re ready for anything.
Prepared for a career. And a lifetime of impact.
At Dominican, you’ll find multiple pathways to your goals. You’ll be ready for a wide range of jobs in legal settings, as well as further study in graduate or professional school. And if you want to enhance your leadership credentials even more, you can earn a master’s degree right here. High-achieving undergraduates can apply for the Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution accelerated degree option. This allows you to take graduate courses even before finishing your baccalaureate degree—so you can complete your master’s faster and save on tuition.
Coordinator, Continuing Studies
Assistant Dean, College of Applied Social Sciences
“We’re honored to become partners in achieving your dreams. We’re here for you every step of the way, whether you are completing your degree as a stepping stone to a new career or to further study in graduate or professional school.”