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Legal Studies - Criminal Justice, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Engage directly with faculty members on a schedule that works for you—online or in person—in this program that is ranked 15th in the nation by The Best Schools based on its “academic excellence, faculty strength, range of courses provided, awards, rankings and reputation.”You’ll be able to choose up to two concentrations in areas such as paralegal studies, public administration, disability advocacy, labor relations, law and social justice, criminal justice—or create your own concentration.

Program Overview

Presented in accelerated format, the BLS program allows you to complete the equivalent of two years of full-time coursework in just 20 months. The program is an interdisciplinary program exploring the American legal system from a wide range of perspectives, including economics, philosophy, theology and history. You’ll study with leading scholars and legal professionals and build competence in writing, research and critical thinking. You’ll learn how the legal system works, how it interrelates with social justice and how to assist people in asserting their rights.

  • Accelerated eight-week format in a year-round program
  • Fully online, giving you the flexibility to work on your own schedule from anywhere in the world; some evening courses offered, in person, at Triton College
  • Option to declare up to two concentrations relevant to your career
  • Year-round acceptance policy—start when it is convenient for you 
  • Option to take classes in either the online and/or on-campus programs ?
  • Join Alpha Sigma Lambda, a highly regarded honor society for adults with exceptional grades

Concentration Options

Reach you career goals by declaring up to two concentrations in these high-demand areas:

  • Criminal Justice (not available on ground)
  • Disability Advocacy
  • Labor Relations
  • Law and Social Justice
  • Paralegal Studies

Career Opportunities

BLS graduates are prepared to work as paralegals, law enforcement officers and professionals in a wide range of settings, including:

  • ?Law firms and legal departments
  • Law enforcement and government
  • Real estate, insurance and banking
  • Nonprofit organizations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

  • Crime and Society
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Law and Procedure

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Official GRE scores are required. No minimum GRE score, however strength of GRE scores relative to the applicant pool will be considered as part of the admission process. 

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • An ACT composite score of 21 or 1060 SAT or above*
  • A rank in the upper half of the high school class, when rank is provided
  • Sixteen units of high school work, fourteen of which should be in the fields of English, mathematics, foreign language, social science, and laboratory science 
  • Completed Application 
  • Personal Statement explaining your personal and professional goals
  • Current resume, please include a list of volunteer experiences with dates, organization and description of volunteer work
  • Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and an official transcript from each college attended
  • Two letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33584 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33584 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for River Forest

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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