Dominican University to offer Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies at Triton College

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Courtesy Dan Armstrong, Dominican University

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) at Dominican University will soon offer a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (BLS) on the campus of Triton College. The School is currently accepting applications for the first class, which will begin on August 29, 2013. The SPCS has offered the program online since thestart of 2012.

The BLS is an interdisciplinary program exploring the American legal system from a wide range of perspectives, including economics, philosophy, theology and history. Consistent with Dominican University's longstanding commitment to social justice, students are required to complete a course in legal ethics on top of at least one ethics unit in each class. Inaddition, students must demonstrate a breadth of knowledge by satisfying general education requirements in theology, mathematics, English, the humanities, social science and natural science.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to work as paralegals, law enforcement officers, public officials and nonprofit leaders. Those looking to work as paralegals will have the opportunity to take courses in specific areas like civil litigation or real estate law and gain preparation for paralegal certification examinations. As a rigorous social science program, the BLS will also prepare students for law or graduate school.

"The State of Illinois and the federal government are both projecting significant increases in demand for workers in law-related careers in the coming years," said Matt Hlinak, assistant provost for continuing studies and special initiatives, "and we're hoping to meet that demand by offering a practical, convenient and values-driven education to working adults."

SPCS provides a liberal education with a career focus for adult learners. The Triton BLS program is open to candidates with a completed associate's degree. The program begins with an adult learning seminar that includes a unit on the mission and history of Dominican University along with guidance on taking advantage of Dominican campus resources while taking courses on Triton's campus.

In addition to the BLS, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a Master of Arts in Family Ministry and Faith Development, a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and a newly launched bachelor's degree in human services. Information on all SPCS program can befound at dom.edu/spcs or by contacting Monica Halloran at mhallora@dom.edu or (708) 714-9007.

Programs of Dominican University's School of Professional and Continuing Studies are designed formotivated adult learners committed to taking the next step in their academicand professional careers. SPCS provides a convenient and flexible learning environment with a dedication to exceptional student service.

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