The Bachelor of Science in Laws Program

(An Independent Study Degree Program)



Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Laws Program (hereinafter the Program) is a non-professional bachelor’s degree completion program. Admission to this Program is limited to individuals who have not earned a bachelor’s degree and have completed the first year curriculum of Taft Law School’s Juris Doctor – Attorney Track Program or its Juris Doctor–Executive Track Program.

The Program is of primary interest to individuals who have earned approximately 90 semester units at the time of application to one of the Juris Doctor Programs and who may be eligible for salary increases upon earning an accredited Bachelor’s degree.

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Presentation

The Bachelor of Science in Laws Program is presented in an independent study modality requiring no classroom or seminar attendance.

The Independent Study process developed by the Taft Law School has four major elements:

  1. Distance Education;
  2. Independent Self-Study;
  3. Senior Faculty Advisors and;
  4. Faculty Mentors.

Distance education is education designed for students who live at a distance from the School’s facilities. It is a process that provides organized, formal learning opportunities for its students.

Independent self-study recognizes that education is an individual process where individuals with different learning needs and study schedules can be accommodated. It emphasizes learning that is meaningful, where individuals are involved in and enjoy the learning process, and where individuals acquire knowledge to better understand and cope with their own careers.

Faculty Members develop comprehensive course outlines and document that the respective courses are comparable to similarly titled courses in other well respected accredited institutions with respect to course content and expected student learning outcomes. Faculty Members may also be retained for special purposes including, but not limited to, developing effective assessment procedures and technology development.

The School's Faculty Members support the student’s independent-study learning role by guiding and stimulating the learning process. Taft faculty members recognize individual learning styles and needs and emphasize the relevance of the material to the individual's situation.

Each course in the Program contains a series of lesson assignments generally consisting of reading requirements and research projects. Students are evaluated through examinations and/or research assignments, which are submitted for faculty evaluation.

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Instructional Policies and Methods

Shortly after enrollment, all students are provided with a syllabus for each course containing expected student learning outcomes, required materials, lesson assignments and examination procedures. Although students are provided with specific lesson assignments, the timing of the completion of these assignments within the aceademic period lies with the student. This format allows maximum flexibility in allocating time between a student’s academic, professional, and personal life.

Individual catalog supplements are available on this website for each of the Juris Doctor Programs offered by the School. Each such supplement contains information on instructional policies and methods for that program.

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Admission Policies and Requirements

A student is eligible to apply for enrollment in this Program only after completion of the first year of a Taft Law School Juris Doctor Program. As noted above, admission to this Program is limited to individuals who have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree.

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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Laws degree, a student must document the completion of at least 120 semester units including a minimum of 30 units completed at Taft Law School. At least 30 units must be in general education courses. General education courses as well as other non-law courses are not offered by Taft Law School. They may be satisfied through transfer credit or the College Level Examination Program examinations. Credit will be granted consistent with the recommended standards of the American Council on Education.

A maximum of 24 units earned in a Juris Doctor Program offered by Taft Law School may be applied to the Bachelor of Science in Laws degree. Candidates for the B.S.L. degree cannot continue into the second year of the Juris Doctor Program until they have completed all degree requirements of the B.S.L. Program. (Units earned while enrolled in the B.S.L. Program cannot be applied to the degree requirements of the Juris Doctor Program.)

The Program must be completed within two years from matriculation.

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Financial Information

The tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Laws Program is $330.00 per unit (The total tuition will depend upon the number of units an applicant must complete to satisfy the graduation requirement of 120 units). Additional information on financial aid and tuition financing can be found under Financial Aid.

All of the fees on this schedule are non-refundable.
Fee Schedule
Application Fee None
Degree Completion Evaluation Fee $200.00
Registration Fee None
Library Fee $75.00
Enrollment Commitment Fee
(Applies Only to Matriculating Students)
$100.00
Non-Resident Surcharge
(Applies Only to Students Residing Outside of the United States)
$250.00
Administrative Accounting Fee
(Applicable to Installment Payment Plans Only)
$50.00
Late Payment Fee $25.00
Transcript Fee
(Two Provided at No Charge)
$7.50
Graduation/Diploma Fee $75.00

The cost of required books and materials, other than each course’s syllabus, is not included in the tuition. The current estimated costs for these materials is between $200.00 and $300.00 per course. Most books and materials may be purchased through any legal book store. However, students will always be provided with mail and/or online sources for obtaining any required materials. Taft Law School does not sell books or study aids.

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Disclosures

Guideline 11.3 of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules provides:

The method of instruction at Taft Law School for professional law degree programs is principally by correspondence.

Completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor-Attorney Track does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to seek to qualify to sit for the bar examination or for admission to practice for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.

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How to Enroll

To apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Laws Program, an applicant must first complete the first year curriculum in a Taft Law School Juris Doctor Program, complete the Degree Completion Plan form and submit the Degree Completion Evaluation fee.

If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, enrollment materials will be prepared and mailed to the applicant for review and signature. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by major credit cards (MasterCard® / Visa® / American Express®) or personal/business checks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q. What books and other materials are utilized in the Program?

    A. Taft Law School students use many of the same casebooks and textbooks as students at traditional universities such as Harvard, Stanford, and other American Bar Association approved law schools. In addition, Taft students benefit from professionally prepared course outlines, law summaries, and recorded lectures.

  2. Q. Can I transfer credits earned at Taft Law School to other schools? Can the Bachelor’s degree I earn at Taft qualify me for admission to a graduate program at another school?

    A. The evaluation of any units or degrees earned at Taft Law School, for the purpose of transfer credit or admissions into graduate programs, is controlled solely by the institution you wish to subsequently attend. Some colleges or universities will only consider credit earned at a regionally accredited institution. The School therefore cannot make any representation about whether the units or degree earned in this program will be accepted upon transfer to any other institution. Any questions about transferring credit earned at the School must be directed to the institution to which you are planning to transfer.

  3. Q. What type of preparation is advisable for the study of law?

    A. Grades for the JDET courses are primarily based upon research/writing projects prepared and submitted by students. Eighty percent of a student’s grade is based on these open book assignments. The final examination for the course constitutes the other twenty percent. Certain final examinations are closed book and must be proctored.

  4. Q. How soon do I need to select an area of specialization?

    A. A common misconception about law school is that students must specialize in particular areas of the law while pursuing the first law degree. The volume of basic material essential to professional competence is too great to allow specialization within the Juris Doctor Program.

  5. Q. What financial aid is available?

    A. Special grants-in-aid are available to outstanding prospects and certain members of professional groups such as CPA’s and law enforcement personnel. These grants-in-aid are generally equal to 10% of the tuition. This Program is not an eligible program for purposes of obtaining new federally insured student loans.

  6. Q. How soon can I get started?

    A. For this Program, Taft Law School maintains open enrollment throughout the year. Applications are reviewed weekly and most students commence study within three weeks from the date of application.

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