What Are the Top Schools With Legal Studies Degrees?

A bachelor's degree in legal studies can lead to a career as a paralegal or legal secretary. Find out about rankings and program offerings at the top three schools with bachelor's degrees in this field. Schools offering Juris Doctor degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Legal Studies School

When looking for a top school in legal studies, students should consider programs that are nationally ranked. Schools that offer a variety of concentrations, and that feed into advanced degree programs, may be beneficial to prospective students. Additionally, students should consider all of the available courses, and required prerequisites when choosing a school.

Three Top Legal Studies Schools

University of California - Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley confers a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. Subjects explored in the curriculum include politics and law, the philosophy of law, and American and non-Western legal traditions. The U.S. News and World Report ranked UC Berkeley as the #10 law school in the nation. Available programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

University of Illinois at Springfield

The University of Illinois (UIS) at Springfield offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Legal Studies. Bachelor's degree students can focus on two areas: general legal studies or legal assistantship. This program is supported by UIS's Pre-Law Center. UIS was ranked #50 among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News in 2019. Available legal studies programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Legal Studies

University of Maryland University College in Adelphi

Undergraduates at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies through online study. In addition to being knowledgeable about the history, philosophy and analysis of law, graduates of the program are prepared to take on many paralegal duties. Available programs in legal studies include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

More Top Law Schools

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Yale University 4-year, Private not-for-profit New Haven, CT$53,000
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Cambridge, MA$50,000
Stanford University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Stanford, CA$51,000
Columbia University 4-year, Private not-for-profit New York, NY$59,000
University of Chicago 4-year, Private not-for-profit Chicago, IL$58,000
New York University 4--year, Private not-for-profit New York, NY$52,000
University of Pennsylvania 4-year, Private not-for-profit Philadelphia, PA$55,500
Duke University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Durham, NC$56,000
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, Public Berkeley, CA$14,000
University of Virginia 4-year, Public Charlottesville, VA$18,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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