Gain the skills for a legal career that's ethical and effective.
A bachelor’s degree from Ursuline's nationally ranked legal studies program will prepare you for a fast-growing career as a paralegal or further study in law school.
The legal studies program highlights personal development, the cultivation of academic abilities and the exploration of a coherent, integrated body of knowledge drawn from the legal curriculum. Coupled with the liberal arts education, the program also provides students with the ethical, analytical, oral and written communication skills necessary to be successful in the legal field.
Thinking about law school? Complete three years of study at Ursuline, followed by three years in a partner law school to earn your bachelor’s and law degrees in six years rather than seven. You’ll launch your legal career sooner, for a faster return on investment.
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American Bar Association Approved, Nationally Ranked
Ursuline’s Legal Studies program is the only BA degree program in the Greater Cleveland area that is approved by the American Bar Association. The program is ranked #12 in the nation by Bachelor's Degree Center, which ranked only accredited, ABA-approved paralegal and legal studies bachelor’s degrees. (ABA only approves on-campus degree programs, not online.). In the final ranking, Bachelor's Degree Center drew data from IPEDS, College Scorecard, and Niche and judged programs by five criteria:
- Graduation Rate
- Job Placement Rate
- Salary Potential
- Student Reviews
Careers: Undergraduate Legal Studies Program
Increased litigation and the demand for accessible, specialized legal services have made the paralegal profession one of the fastest growing careers. In fact, Cleveland is the 10th best market for legal professionals in the United States.
Paralegals handle many duties that attorneys once handled: drafting documents, communicating with clients, corresponding with opposing counsel, managing investigations, and more. As a paralegal, you won’t be able to give legal advice, but you will have the chance to rise into management positions, free-lance, and do meaningful work in a variety of industries. Paralegals can be employed in various law office practice areas, insurance companies, hospitals, banks, title firms, and governmental agencies.
Nearly all graduates of Ursuline’s legal studies program are working in the legal field, and many have been promoted to positions of greater authority. Many others have continued on to law school and are employed as successful attorneys and judges.
Paralegals may not give legal advice, sign court pleadings or represent a client in court. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Scholarships: Undergraduate Legal Studies Program
The Avery Friedman Human Rights Scholarship is for current students in the Legal Studies Program. Avery serves Ursuline College as the Visiting Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law. The Ursuline Sisters’ motto “to transform society through contemplation, justice and compassion” has been the centerpiece of his instruction.
It is intended that the scholarship be given to a student who has either demonstrated a commitment to work for the advancement of human rights or who has exemplified the qualities consistent with the mission of the Ursuline Sisters that relates to advancement of human rights. To be considered for this scholarship at Ursuline College, a student must be currently enrolled, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. The Legal Studies Department sends the scholarship applications to all Legal Studies students.
Learn more about this scholarship.