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Legal Studies

Study the Letter of the Law

Our Legal Studies program offers a strong foundation in liberal arts and business, and aims for an extensive understanding of legal terminology as well as substantive and procedural law. We give students invaluable connections in the law community—a benefit that’s helped many of our graduates get started on their careers.

In our program, students are trained and educated in the academic, technological, and legal skills that are necessary for work in law-related careers. A degree in Legal Studies qualifies students to work in law offices, real estate, banking, estate planning, document preparation firms, governmental agencies, and law enforcement. Many students also use a degree in Legal Studies as a stepping stone to gain entrance into Drivon School of Law of Humphreys University—and through our Legal Studies to Law School transfer program, students can finish their law school and undergraduate education a year early.

Matthew Reynolds

Mr. Reynolds is Chair of Legal Studies and is also Associate Dean of the Drivon Law School.  Mr. Reynolds earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley and his Juris Doctor from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Chad Wood

Mr. Wood is an instructor for Legal Studies department and is a partner at Willbanks & Wood, a professional law corporation. He is a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science with a minor in English and has his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  He has been practicing civil litigation for over 10 years in the Central Valley.

Jennifer McHenry

Mrs. McHenry is an instructor for our Legal Studies department.  She attended California State University, Chico.  She graduated Humphreys University with a Paralegal Certificate and Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies.  She has worked as a paralegal since 2001 and currently works as a contract paralegal.

Kimberly Johnson

Mrs. Johnson is an instructor for Legal Studies.  She graduated from UCLA and Golden State University School of Law.  She is a Deputy County Counsel for San Joaquin County where she advises several county departments and represents the county in civil litigation.

Linda Swartz

Mrs. Swartz graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and from Drivon School of Law of Humphreys University.  Her qualifications include over twenty years of experience as an attorney, five years of experience as a legal assistant and six years of experience preparing and teaching a wide variety of legal studies courses at both the Stockton and Modesto campuses.

Mike Rishwain

Mr. Rishwain is an instructor for our Legal Studies.  He has taught at Humphreys since 1983.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of the Pacific and Juris Doctorate from Drivon School of Law.  He began practicing law in 1983 with the Stockton City Attorney’s Office and retired from the city in 2007.  From 2007 to 2010, he was the General Manager and Vice President of the Pam Companies, a residential developer of low income apartments and senior living facilities.

Raymond Harter

Mr. Harter is an instructor in our Legal Studies department.  He has taught at Humphreys for over 12 years.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminology from California State University, Long Beach and his Juris Doctorate from Drivon School of Law.  He has worked as a military intelligence analyst and in law enforcement as a police officer and district attorney investigator for over 25 years.

Suzi Treganza

Mrs. Treganza is an instructor for Legal Studies.  She graduated from Santa Monica City College.  She is the Office Manager at Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson, one of the oldest law firms in Stockton.  She has worked in the legal field for over 35 years, beginning her career as a receptionist and has done every non-attorney job in law firms of various sizes in California and Colorado.

Fatima Ibrahim

Mrs. Ibrahim is an instructor for Legal Studies.  She is a graduate from Drivon School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate.  She currently works in a Stockton-based law firm as a law clerk/paralegal.

What You’ll Learn

  • Roots and sources of the American Legal System
  • Litigation and trial procedures
  • Legal research, writing, and legal drafting
  • Substantive law

What You’ll Take

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts

Degree Requirements



Certificate of Completion


What You’ll Earn

Bachelor of Arts

Associate in Arts


Certificate of Completion

Paralegal Studies
*Gainful Employment*

Why Humphreys?

Accreditation is important; Humphreys University is accredited by Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College & University Commission.

As a non-profit institution, we emphasize community, academics, and affordability, all while giving you the resources you need to succeed.

Courses are conveniently offered on our campuses— days and evenings— and online.

Applications for enrollment are accepted all year. Apply soon to begin during one of our upcoming quarters.

Get the aid you need for the degree you want. We offer grants (including Cal Grants), loans, scholarships, and work-study funds for qualifying students.

Your Future in Legal Studies

Our programs are designed with your goals in mind. Our Legal Studies graduates use their breadth of knowledge in legal terminology as well as substantive and procedural law to pursue countless occupations. Consider any of these careers in Legal Studies:

  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Office Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Law Library Clerk