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Legal Studies

Study the Letter of the Law

At Humphreys University, we educate motivated and determined students who desire a practical academic program. Our Legal Studies program is designed specifically for busy adults – that’s why we offer our courses online, evenings, and in hybrid formats.

Our Legal Studies professors are experts in their fields – attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and other specialists. Our professors understand what real-world experience to incorporate into the classroom. Because we keep our classes small – five to twenty students – you get the guidance and support you need to succeed.

The pace of our quarter system makes it easier to juggle the demands of life with each quarter lasting only 11 weeks. All the courses are clearly organized so you know what you need to do each week.

You can start the Legal Studies program at the start of any of our four terms. Our quarters begin early October, January, April, and July. The application process is easy, and counselors are available walk you through the financial aid process.

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. Humphreys also provides students invaluable connections to our local legal community—a benefit that’s helped many of our graduates get started on their careers.

Students in our
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

• Demonstrate a proficiency in legal research, writing, and legal drafting

• 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

• Develop habits of critical thinking

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (181 Units)

Associate in Arts in Legal Studies (96 Units)

Minor in Legal Studies (28 Units)


To learn more about degree requirements and courses offered in the Legal Studies department, see pages 107-114 in our current Academic Catalog

Meet Our Faculty


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.


Kimberly Gonzales received her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from Chico State and her J.D. from University of the Pacific. She has been an attorney for the Stanislaus County Public Defender’s Office for 12 years and an adjunct professor with Humphreys University for nine years.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Why Choose Humphreys University?

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 Stockton and Modesto campuses— 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.

Support services are provided to all students. Including computer facilities, tutoring and library services, and career counseling.

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