Professional Legal Studies Bachelor’s Degree



The online Bachelor’s degree in Professional Legal Studies program at National American University prepares you for a career in a business environment where knowledge of the law is essential and will help you develop critical thinking skills, and clear, effective, and logical communication skills for today’s business world. The program focuses on legal principles applicable to business, with elective courses in entrepreneurship, management, human resources management, and supply chain management.

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Online Professional Legal Studies Program Overview

National American University’s online Professional Legal Studies Bachelor of Science degree program will help you to develop an in-depth understanding of legal principles and practical skills to prepare you for career advancement or to pursue a graduate degree. Credits earned in NAU’s separate Professional Legal Associate of Applied Science degree program may be applied toward your Bachelor’s degree.
As a graduate of the program, you will:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of substantive and procedural law
  • Analyze issues using legal research methodology
  • Communicate effectively through speaking and writing
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • Apply legal theories to relevant facts

Online Professional Studies Bachelor’s Degree Classes and Curriculum

The Professional Legal Studies Bachelor of Science program consists of major core, open electives, and general education courses that total 180 quarter credits.

 Major Core

69 credits

Open Electives

45 credits

General Education Core

66 credits

Online Professional Legal Studies Program Options

The online Professional Legal Studies Bachelor of Science program offers open elective courses that provide options so you can choose your interests and career path.

  • Human Resources Management
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Management
  • Supply Chain Management


Online Professional Legal Studies Degree Tuition and Fees

Learn more about our undergraduate tuition schedule.

Online Professional Legal Studies Degree Career Opportunities

The Professional Legal Studies Bachelor’s degree program prepares you for employment in a variety of business professional roles in fields such as human resource management, management or supply chain management, and entrepreneurship. Graduates can also chart careers in other professions that require a specialized understanding of the law or require excellent analytical and communication skills.

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Professional Legal Studies Degree?

  • Career professionals seeking to change or advance their career in a business or legal environment, without attending law school. You will develop the skills required to work with other professionals to resolve varying levels of business and legal issues.
  • Students who desire to subsequently pursue a graduate degree or wish to seek admission to law school.

Please note: Only licensed attorneys may practice law. A person who earns this degree may not engage in activities considered to be the practice of law, including giving legal advice, representing a client in court, or setting legal fees.

Course Listing (180 Credits)

PL/so1100 – Introduction to Legal Principles
PL1150 – Legal Research I
PL2050 – Torts
PL2150 – Civil Procedure
LA3100 – Business Law I

PL3400 – Evidence/Exclusionary Rule  or
CJ3400 – Constitutional Law

PL3500 – Introduction to Contracts
PL4250 – Administrative Law
PL4350 – Adversary System
LA4900 – Professional Legal Studies Capstone
PL – Electives
PL3000+ – Elective

3000+ – Elective
Open Electives

General Education (36) Available for Block Transfer

EN1150 – Composition I


SC – Science Electives


HU2000 – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
HU – Humanities Elective

Behavioral/Social Science

Behavioral/Social Science Electives

General Education (30) Course-by-Course Transfer

EN1300 – Composition II

EN2100 – Speech OR
EN2150 – Interpersonal Professional Communication

EN3070 – Advanced Research and Writing


MA2000 – Quantitative Reasoning

General Education

CS1202 – Strategies for Professionals OR
CS1204 – Advanced Strategies for Professionals

CS1302 – Consumer Mathematics
CS2080 – Career Management

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.