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Legal Studies

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (B.A.A.S.)

The BAAS Legal Studies track is designed for students who seek advancement in private law firms, federal or state governmental agencies, legal departments or corporations, banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, law libraries, legal services/legal aid offices, and special interest groups or associations.


While it’s true that in Texas a paralegal does not need to have a bachelor’s degree, the State Bar of Texas recommends that attorneys hire paralegals who meet certain educational requirements, one of which is holding a bachelor’s degree in any subject area. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that Texas has the 4th highest employment level of paralegals and legal assistants in the United States.


B.A.A.S. students in the Legal Studies track will be required to complete the course requirements listed on their degree plan.  Students must meet with the B.A.A.S. advisor to obtain an official degree plan and determine which previously completed courses are eligible to transfer.

Legal Studies Degree Plan


BAAS Academic Advisor Contact Information:

Shannon Chambers
Office: Faculty Center 148
Phone: (361) 825.5931