Mission and Objectives


The mission of the Legal Studies program at Ferris State University is to give students the opportunity to develop the technical and personal skills necessary to function as paralegals or in similar law related occupations. The curriculum provides students with a strong general education background and a series of legal specialty courses culminating in an AAS in Legal Studies, while it also provides the opportunity to integrate into bachelor degree programs at Ferris State University.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of substantive and procedural areas of the law.
  • Develop competence in legal research, analysis and writing skills and proficiency in drafting legal documents.
  • Recognize potential ethical issues that arise in the legal environment and analyze the problem to arrive at an appropriate solution.
  • Create a professional identity which encompasses an understanding of a legal office, the paralegal’s role and appropriate technologies.