What will I learn?

Interested in law school, politics, or public affairs? With legal studies major, you’ll develop a firm understanding of the law. Enthusiastic professors inspire you to develop strong communication skills, critical thinking, and an understanding of the social and political context of legal issues.

What you'll study: Explore philosophy to build analytical and logical thinking skills. You'll examine argumentation, politics, and ethics to understand their functions in law. A pre-law track and an international law track focus your attention on national and world history and government. Students may pursue a practical internship outside the classroom and take advanced courses in First Amendment rights and war crimes.

How you'll learn more: The legal studies major are truly interdisciplinary with elements of communication, philosophy, history, political science, and literature. NSU’s own law school provides exceptional resources. Special NSU programs offer interaction with judges, attorneys, public officials, and other pivotal figures in the legal community. A free annual seminar prepares pre-law students to help them gain acceptance into law school.

Where it can take you: No area of human endeavor is untouched by the law. The bachelor’s degree in legal studies prepares students for law school and an array of related professions in trade, politics, business, public affairs, and public service. Besides law school, consider other graduate programs in politics, management, international affairs, and nonprofit operations.

Career Opportunities

As the demand for private and public legal services grows, the demand for keenly analytic and reasoning practitioners expands. The Legal Studies program at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences focuses on developing these abilities and on preparing students for careers in a global environment that requires an increasing sensitivity to cultural and political diversity.

Graduates of this program can become leaders in a variety of professional positions and industries, including:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Law Enforcement
  • Lobbyist
  • Politics
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Teaching, Education

Which department am I in?

Halmos College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,370.00 per year
USD $16,185 per semester (12-18 credits); USD $1,079 per credit (for under 12 credits and for credit in excess of 18 credits)
Start date

3 January 2022, 9 May 2022


Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Avenue,



33314, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must complete Secondary School/Post-Secondary.

For international students

Students are required to complete high school education equivalent to US High School qualification. Proof of English language proficiency with a passing score on one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 213 on the computer-based test; 550 on the paper-based test; or 79 on the Internet-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS*): 6.0 or higher on the test module
  • Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE Academic): Overall score of 54 or higher
  • iTep Academic (International Test of English Proficiency): Overall score of 3.9 or higher
  • Passing Level 9 from TALK International
  • Completion and passing of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program English for Academic Purposes
  • SAT verbal scores of 520 or above, or ACT English score of 20

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.