Bachelor of Science in Laws Program at Taft Law School

The Bachelor of Science in Laws 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.

Taft Law School was formed to offer unique and innovative distance learning educational programs in law at a reasonable cost to qualified applicants, with a particular focus on those who are mature adults, employed on a full-time basis, or for whom place of residence, travel requirements, or finances are constraining factors. The School has been fulfilling this mission since 1984.

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.

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.

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.

Fee Schedule

All of the fees on this schedule are non-refundable.

Application Fee None
Degree Completion Evaluation Fee $200.00
Registration Fee None
Library Fee $75.00
Enrollment Commitment Fee
(Applies Only to Matriculating Students)
Non-Resident Surcharge
(Applies Only to Students Residing Outside of the United States)
Late Payment Fee $25.00
Transcript Fee (Two Provided at No Charge) $10.00
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 $350.00 per course.

Most books and materials may be purchased through any legal bookstore.

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.

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.

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