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Legal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal Studies program at MSU will equip you with the legal knowledge and skills to successfully pursue a career in law as a professional paralegal or assist attorneys in providing legal services to clients.

You will gain hands-on experience and contribute to a variety of community projects, including staffing pro se divorce clinics, wills clinics, prescription drug program enrollment for seniors, and working with elementary, middle and high schools students to conduct mock trials. We are ranked 10th most affordable Legal Studies program in the nation by Great Value Colleges, and one of the few listed that is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Because professional paralegals perform legal work under the direct supervision of licensed attorneys, the program is rigorous in developing the legal knowledge and skills that the profession demands. 

  • Students are prepared upon graduation to immediately enter the legal field to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.   
  • Graduates are successfully employed by attorneys, courts, and government and private agencies located throughout and outside of Kentucky.   
  • 100% of Legal Studies students who applied to law school were accepted to one or more law schools (2010-2015). 
  • 100% of our graduates who attend law school agree they were better prepared for law school than most of the other first year law students.
  • All Legal Studies professors are licensed practicing attorneys who have supervised paralegals in their law practice. 
  • Attorney-Professors are accessible in and outside the classroom. 
  • Students have face-to-face opportunities to work with actual clients. 
  • Small class sizes ensure individual attention and skill development. 
  • Students have access to the latest legal technology. 
  • Students work with law offices, judges, public defenders, county attorneys, and non-profit legal services offices throughout Kentucky in the internship component of the program. 
  • The legal studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (only 25% of training programs in the country are approved by the ABA).


These programs are offered at the Morehead campus.


Program Requirements

Career Opportunities

Graduates may work in private and public interest law offices, federal, state, and local government agencies, and businesses, including the legal department of banks and hospitals, and other corporations. Many graduates immediately enter the paralegal profession or pursue their education in law school and other graduate schools.

The paralegal performs a variety of essential legal tasks under the supervision of licensed lawyers. Paralegals may be involved in client interviewing, drafting of legal documents, researching points of law, litigation support, law office management, and representing clients before administrative agencies as allowed by law. The bachelor's in legal studies provides graduates with the necessary applied and theoretical knowledge to assist lawyers in providing legal services to clients.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law or court rule.

Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.