Major, Certificate, & Pre-Law Program
Legal Studies (BA)
*Special Note: A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals or Legal Assistants may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Webster University's St. Louis area paralegal programs have been approved by the American Bar Association.
The study of law continues to be an objective of many undergraduate students. Generally speaking, law schools look for broadly educated individuals who can think, speak, and write with precision and clarity. Webster encourages pre-law students to choose a major based on their own interests and abilities. Then, in consultation with an academic advisor, pre-law students will design a course of study that reflects the recommendations for pre-legal education developed by the Association of American Law Schools. The association's policy statement recommends an undergraduate education that emphasizes:
- Verbal skills: comprehension, writing, and speaking;
- Critical understanding of human institutions and values with which the law deals;
- Creative power in thinking.
Please use the link below to access the American Bar Association's webpage regarding prelaw education http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/pre_law.html
*Students interested in a pre-professional program should discuss their plans with their academic advisor.