The Master of Arts in Legal Studies offers you a better understanding of the law. This degree program will aid you in understanding the complex societal challenges associated with the public’s ability to access justice. This program is not intended for practicing law, but rather to build upon your existing knowledge of the law by further expanding your comprehension of legal doctrines, legal concepts, and workplace legal issues. By equipping you for ethical service and leadership, this master’s degree helps prepare you to deepen your knowledge of the law and ethical issues.

Note: Although some states do not require a Juris Doctor degree for Bar entry, this program does not prepare you for the practice of law or admission to the Bar of any state based solely on your completion of this program.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Integrate legal research and writing skills into a variety of communications.
  • Facilitate the creation of new solutions to complex societal legal problems through critical thinking and analysis.
  • Design innovative legal solutions with technology.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements24
Major Requirements6
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (24 semester hours)

LSTD502Criminal Law 13
LSTD503Criminal Justice Process3
LSTD504Methods of Legal Research and Writing I3
LSTD505Methods of Legal Research and Writing II3
LSTD506Property Law3
LSTD508Contract Law3
LSTD509Tort Law3
LSTD510Constitutional Law3
Total Semester Hours24

Major Requirements (6 semester hours)

Select 2 courses from the following:6
Legal & Ethical Issues in Management
Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics
Emergency Management and Public Law
Ethics and Legal Issues in Online Learning
Education Law, Ethics, and Politics
Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
Employment Law and Labor Relations
International Law
Immigration Law
Homeland Security and the Law
Law, Ethics and Cybersecurity
Sports Law
Law and Public Policy
Judicial Politics, Process, and Policy Making
Space Law
Total Semester Hours6

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

LSTD699Legal Studies Capstone 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (3 semester hours) 

Select any graduate courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements listed above.3
Total Semester Hours3