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Dominican University is a premier not-for-profit, private school that was established in 1902 and is focused on teaching social justice while motivating students to ethically search for truth. Dominican is a relationship-centered educational community rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, and has consistently been ranked in the Top 20 schools in the Midwest (2012) by the U.S. News & World Report for 14 years.

Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (ncahlc.org). Dominican is also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Registration and Education, and the State Approving Agency for Veterans Affairs.

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (BLS) is offered as an online program through the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in paralegal, government, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, or regulatory/ compliance offices of corporate organizations — especially in heavily-regulated fields such as insurance, health care, energy, financial services and government contracting. Students that have already completed a related associate or certificate level program will find that our BLS degree offers the additional knowledge and skills needed for career advancement.

The rigorous online Legal Studies degree also prepares students for further academic study and may poise them for career advancement. Graduates of Dominican's BLS program will have had the opportunities to develop the critical thinking and writing skills necessary to succeed in law school, as well as other professional schools and graduate programs in social sciences.

Earn your Bachelor's in Legal Studies from an institution that has been fighting for social justice for more than a century!

We participate in federal and state grant, loan and employment programs. We also maintain our own substantial grant and employment programs for students with financial need. Students are considered for all programs for which they are eligible. Aid is provided in the form of Grants, Loans, Scholarships and Campus Employment.

Aid eligibility is determined by an evaluation of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Dominican University’s code is 001750.

To be eligible for federal or state aid, students must be United States citizens or permanent residents enrolled for at least six semester hours per term. To remain eligible for financial aid, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and continue to demonstrate need on financial aid applications submitted annually.