B.A. On Campus

Legal Studies

Houston Baptist University

48 months
32350 USD/year
32350 USD/year
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The Legal Studies program at the Houston Baptist University is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed. The Legal Studies program was designed by real attorneys to provide you with the right mix of classes to give you an edge in your legal education. 


The Legal Studies program at the Houston Baptist University is interdisciplinary, meaning it draws from several related areas of study. As part of our Legal Studies program, you’ll take courses in Government that cover basic courtroom processes, legal philosophy and constitutional law. You’ll take select courses in history that focus on the origins of our legal system. 

You’ll have courses in economics to give you a taste of business law. If you are interested in trial law, you’ll take courses in argumentation, advocacy and mediation. If criminal justice is your interest, you can take classes in that area as well. In short, our Legal Studies program is designed to expose you to various facets of the law so you can develop a more informed decision about your career options, the different fields of practice, and graduate with the skills to help you get there.

Because the Legal Studies program is designed as a pre-law foundation to prepare you for getting into and succeeding in law school, it is basically a major and minor combined into one program. You can still select an additional minor to complement your studies, but it might take you a little bit longer to graduate. We have many students who chose minors in communications, sociology or Spanish to help them plan for their careers, and you can still do it in four years if you plan well. Your advisor can discuss these and other options with you.


Not sure you want to be a lawyer? The Legal Studies program isn’t just for aspiring lawyers. Since you’ll get a solid foundation in basic legal principles and processes, the Legal Studies program would be ideal for students looking to do regulatory work in the private sector, considering a career in government or wanting to pursue a job in law enforcement. 

We frequently have recruiters from local and national law enforcement agencies on campus, ranging from the Houston Police Department to the FBI and CIA. When you come to campus, make sure to discuss the Legal Studies option with your advisor if you have an interest in any of these areas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Legal Environment of Business 
  • Rhetoric & Public Speaking 
  • Ethics 
  • United States Legal History 
  • Legal Communication 
  • The American Court System 
  • Political Philosophy 
  • American Political Thought 
  • Constitutional Law 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Show proof of sufficient English skills 
  • TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and/or ACT scores, OR 
  • Completion of two (2) classes of collegiate English taken in the United States 
  • Certificate of completion from Language Consultants International (ESL program) 
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited institution of higher education whose instruction is conducted in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32350 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    32350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32350 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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