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DominicanUniversity awards a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (BLS) to adults who complete the accelerated on-line degree program through the School of Professional & Continuing Studies (SPCS). We launched this exciting & new fully recognized degree which you could earn from a regionally accredited institution in February, 2012. Founded in 1901, Dominican University offers more than 50 undergraduate academic programs and nine graduate programs offered through four graduate schools. The university is accredited by the North Central Association and serves over 3,000 students a year.  An equally compelling and rewarding master's degree in Conflict Resolution awaits you upon graduation with your BLS.  The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution (MCR) begins with a 5 day residency course.  A second residency course half way through the program compliments online classes throughout the two years of coursework.  The hybrid program gives you the best of both worlds...in person connections & role playing in mediation and negotiation with the convenience of online learning through the rest of the course of study!
 

How long will it take to complete the undergraduate degree program?

There is no pre-set time limit for completion of your accelerated degree, but it is expected that you will show steady progress either by taking courses, passing proficiency examinations, or working on a Prior Learning Portfolio. Check with your advisor about how to get credit for your life experiences. The time needed to complete the degree will depend on the number of credit hours that you bring to the program and the number of hours you earn each session while in the program. In many respects, you set the pace.
 
 
Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies
Degree Requirements

 

Requirements

Credit Hours

Entrance Requirement (community college or 4 year college semester credits)

30

 Contact us at spcs@dom.edu of you have less than 30 transfer credits

 

General Education/Proficiency Requirements

 


EN 102 Composition II

MT 170 Finite Mathematics/ MT 150 Cont Math/ higher or HS 302 Stats for Soc Scientists or higher

3

                                                                                          

 

 

Total

 

6

Adult Learning Seminar

3

Topics in Social Science (any two 3 credit classes)

6

Topics in Natural Science (any two 3 credit classes)

6

Topics in Humanities (any two 3 credit classes)

6

Total

21

 

 

Major Requirements (42 credits including required law courses and law electives)

 

LS 300 The American Legal System

3

LS 301 Legal Research & Writing (prereq EN 102)

3

LS 320 Religion & the Law (satisfies rel. proficiency requirement)

3

LS 321 Law and Economics (accept 200 level course or higher microecon course or higher)

3

LS 322 Philosophical Basis of the Law

3

LS 325 Contract Law

3

LS 400 Legal Ethics

3

Law Electives (choose 21 credits)

 

LS 302 The Paralegal Profession

3

LS 323 Freedom of Speech

3

LS 324 Civil Rights Law

3

LS 340 Negotiation Theory

3

LS 350 Employment Law

3

LS 351 Criminal Law & Procedure

3

Total

42

 

 

General Electives (Entrance Requirements and General Electives must total 48 credits upon graduation) 

18

 

 

Grand Total

120

 

Admission Requirements

Each student should have:

  • A baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, from an institution that is accredited by a nationally recognized association.
  • A record that demonstrates an ability to do graduate work.
  • Two letters of recommendation and a personal essay which will be part of the admission file.

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

 

Core Curriculum

Credit Hours

MCR 601 Mediation Skills Training (5 day intensive)           

3

MCR 603 Traditional and Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

MCR 605 Ethics of Conflict Resolution

3

MCR 607 Negotiation (5 day intensive)         

3

MCR 609 Psychology of Conflict Resolution

MCR 611 Interpersonal Communication                      
3
 
3

MCR 613 Intercultural Conflict Resolution                

3

MCR 615 Religion and Conflict Resolution    

3

MCR 619 Online Dispute Resolution 

Subtotal 

27

MCR Electives (choose any 3 out of the following 7 courses) 

 

MCR 621 Family Conflict Resolution 

3

MCR 623 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace  

3

MCR 625 International Conflict Resolution 

3

MCR 627 Conflict Resolution in the Community 

3

MCR  629 Commercial Conflict Resolution

3

MCR 631 Collective Bargaining      

3

MCR 690 Conflict Resolution Practicum (can be taken up to 3 times)

3

 

                                                                                                               Subtotal    

9           

                                TOTAL  

36      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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