Legal Studies

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Legal Studies

Program Format: Virtual, Online, or On-Campus

If you graduated from a California Community College with an AA-T (CSU or UC pattern) in any major, you are already halfway through our bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies.

Our Legal Studies program seeks to train and educate students in all types of skills—academic, technological, and legal—that are necessary for work in law-related careers. The seriousness of the law requires high competency levels in those who seek jobs in the field. For students interested in the bachelor’s degree, both procedural and substantive areas of the law will be studied and will meet the requirements of the State of California regarding the Paralegal profession.

At Humphreys University, we educate motivated and determined students who desire a practical, affordable, and accessible academic program. To accommodate our working students, we offer our courses online, evenings, and in hybrid formats. We operate on an eleven-week quarter system with four quarters per year. You can start the Legal Studies program at the start of any of our four terms. The application process is easy and financial aid specialists are available to walk you through the financial aid process.

Students in the Legal Studies program will…

• Demonstrate the professional and ethical role of a paralegal;

• Understand the roots and sources of the American Legal System;

• Be able to use appropriate forms related to litigation and trial procedures;

• Develop habits of critical thinking;

• Become familiar with the operation and management of a modern law office;

• Develop a conceptual and substantive knowledge of substantive and procedural law;

• Learn to analyze and apply law to factual situations.

units for Associate's Degree

units for Bachelor's Degree

Program Highlights

Students can use a degree in Legal Studies as a stepping stone to gain entrance into our Drivon School of Law—and through our Legal Studies to Law School transfer program, are able to finish their law school and undergraduate education a year early.

We accept transfer units from all accredited institutions to enable students to complete their degree faster.

Courses develop student’s proficiency in legal research, writing, and legal drafting.

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

Meet Our Faculty

When you arrive to class, whether it is in a classroom or through your computer, you can expect to be taught by a knowledgeable and attentive professor. Our professors understand what real-world experience to incorporate into classroom lectures, assignments, and case studies. Humphreys University prides itself on offering a well-rounded set of courses taught in a small and personable environment so you get the guidance and support you need to succeed.

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.

Mike Rishwain

Mr. Rishwain 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.

Financial Aid Available

Let us help you obtain the financial resources you need to succeed.

The purpose of financial aid is to provide financial assistance to students who without such aid, would be unable to pursue higher education. We help by guiding you through the financial aid process. We help make your educational dreams a reality. Our financial aid staff are available and ready to answer your questions or concerns, by phone, in person, or by email. No appointment is necessary. Humphreys University is approved for the training of Veterans.

To apply for financial aid, fill out the FAFSA and include our school code: 001212