Best Online Bachelor’s in Law and Legal Studies

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in law/legal studies degree programs to prepare students to work as mediators, detectives, and criminal justice administrators as well as pursue related graduate degree programs.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Law and Legal Studies

Frequently Asked Questions About Law/Legal Studies Degrees

Earning a bachelor’s degree in law can help foster negotiation, problem-solving, and public speaking skills, preparing graduates for success in a variety of careers.

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In about four to five years, students can complete the roughly 120 required credits either online or in person.

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Students will study legal writing, ethics, and legal theory as well as current issues in law, best practices in negotiation, and the ins and outs of litigation. Programs may also allow students to choose a concentration, like business or environmental law.

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Upon graduation, individuals will be prepared to work as mediators, detectives, and criminal justice administrators as well as pursue related graduate degree programs.

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Learn more about how to major in law.

Best Online Bachelor's in Law Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online law bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Law Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Law
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Cyber Operations

    Concentrations

    • Engineering
    • Defense & Forensics
    • Cyber Law & Policy
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of Cincinnati

    #170 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Law & Paralegal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    Loyola University Chicago

    #352 institution's historical influence
    #254 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/27

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Paralegal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  4. #4

    University of Memphis

    #558 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Professional Studies

    Concentrations

    • Legal Studies
    • Child Life Specialist
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Regent University

    #1722 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Government – Pre-Law
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Law and National Security
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Paralegal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Hampton University

    #675 institution's historical influence
    #666 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    36%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    4K

    Hampton, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Paralegal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Campbell University

    #1750 institution's historical influence
    #486 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    Buies Creek, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Criminal Justice

    Concentrations

    • Pre-Law
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Criminal Justice

    Concentrations

    • Pre-Law
    • Required Credits: 124
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    University of Central Florida

    #494 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BAS in Legal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Law and Policy

    Concentrations

    • Pre-Law
    • Public Policy
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Paralegal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Webster University

    #1159 institution's historical influence
    #814 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Legal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Mississippi College

    #1559 institution's historical influence
    #150 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    29%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/25

    Clinton, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Paralegal Studies
    • Required Credits: 130
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    Eastern Kentucky University

    #1707 institution's historical influence
    #888 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/23

    Richmond, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Paralegal Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Western Carolina University

    #1746 institution's historical influence
    #632 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Acceptance

    48%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/22

    Cullowhee, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BSBA in Business Administration and Law
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Bellevue University

    #3661 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    Bellevue, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Legal Studies
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Purdue University Global

    #3230 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    46K

    West Lafayette, IN

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Legal Support and Services
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    National University

    #1863 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Pre-Law Studies
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    West Texas A&M University

    #2574 institution's historical influence
    #1327 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    Canyon, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BBA in Economics

    Concentrations

    • Law and Economics Specialization
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    BAAS in Applied Arts and Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Legal Studies
    • Business Law and Ethics
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Keiser University

    #3126 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    29K

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Legal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Utica College

    #2604 institution's historical influence
    #837 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    4K

    Utica, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Criminal Justice

    Concentrations

    • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Mississippi University for Women

    #1908 institution's historical influence
    #445 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Columbus, MS

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    Online Degrees

    BAS in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Legal Administration
    • Required Credits: 121
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Stevenson University

    #3903 institution's historical influence
    #758 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Stevenson, MD

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Legal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  22. #22

    Christian Brothers University

    #2905 institution's historical influence
    #1298 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Professional Psychology; Organizational Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Business Law
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Organization and Management
    • International Business
    • Human Resources Management
    • Marketing
    • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Professional Psychology; Criminal Justice

    Concentrations

    • Criminal Law
    • Public Administration
    • Criminal Justice
    • Criminology
    • Corrections
    • Policing
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Wilmington University

    #2943 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    11K

    New Castle, DE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Law, Policy, and Political Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Brandman University

    #3555 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    8%

    Student body

    8K

    Irvine, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Legal Studies

    Concentrations

    • Business Law
    • Paralegal Profession
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Missouri Western State University

    #4568 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    4K

    Saint Joseph, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Criminal Justice

    Concentrations

    • Legal Studies
    • Corrections
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Law Enforcement
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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