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

Dominican’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Legal Studies (BLS) is an accelerated program that will provide maximum flexibility, value and opportunity for working adults who want to complete 
a college degree. Engage directly with faculty members on a schedule that works for you—online or in person. This program is ranked 15th in the nation by The Best Schools based on its “academic excellence, faculty strength, range of courses provided, awards, rankings and reputation.” You’ll be able to choose up to two concentrations in areas such as paralegal studies, public administration, disability advocacy, labor relations, law and social justice, criminal justice—or create your own concentration.

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.

Each week, you’ll be expected to read about 100 pages, take a short online quiz, engage in online discussions with classmates and your instructor, and complete a written assignment. 

Our online programs combine cutting-edge technology with over a century of tradition. Dominican University has established a strong reputation for excellence in online learning, having offered online undergraduate courses and fully online graduate degrees in business and education for years. 

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.

  • Accelerated eight-week format in a year-round program
  • Fully online, giving you the flexibility to work on your own schedule from anywhere in the world; some evening courses offered, in person, at Triton College
  • Option to declare up to two concentrations relevant to your career
  • Year-round acceptance policy—start when it is convenient for you 
  • Option to take classes in either the online and/or on-campus programs 

  • Join Alpha Sigma Lambda, a highly regarded honor society for adults with exceptional grades
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. 

Concentration Options

Reach you career goals by declaring up to two concentrations in these high-demand areas:

  • Criminal Justice (not available on ground)
  • Disability Advocacy
  • Labor Relations
  • Law and Social Justice
  • Paralegal Studies
Career Opportunities

BPS graduates Legal Studies majors are prepared to work as paralegals, law enforcement officers and professionals in a wide range of settings, including 

Law firms and legal departments
  • Law enforcement and government
  • Real estate, insurance and banking
  • Nonprofit organizations

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.

The Dominican Difference 

As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. 

  • Small, highly interactive classes 
  • Personal attention from professors and advisors 
  • Extraordinary faculty with real-world experience 
  • National recognition: Dominican is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top-tier Midwest university 


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