The Master of Arts in Legal Studies offers you a better understanding of the law as it relates to your legal or non-legal career. It 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. This master’s degree helps prepare you to pursue career opportunities in government, business, and other industries where knowledge of the law and ethical issues can be a career advantage.

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 outcomes objectives, the Master of Arts in Legal Studies seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Analyze the constitutional, juridical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives of the law.
  • Generate analytical and critical thinking in legal writing.
  • Evaluate and identify areas and issues needing study and analysis using legal research.
  • Assess the relationship between the social organization of legal institutions and the legal profession in society.
  • Evaluate the complex relation between the law and justice as dictated and mediated by societal conditions and forces.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements24
Major Requirements6
Elective Requirements3
Final Program 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 II (Prerequisite: LSTD504 - Methods of Legal Research and Writing I)3
LSTD506Property Law3
LSTD508Contract Law3
LSTD509Tort Law3
LSTD510Constitutional Law3
Total Semester Hours24
1

Required as the first course in this program.

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
Independent Study
Law and Public Policy
Judicial Politics, Process, and Policy Making
Space Law
Total Semester Hours6

Elective Requirements (3 semester hours)

Select from other graduate courses not taken to meet core, major, or concentration requirements.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

LSTD699Legal Studies Capstone 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Taken once all other requirements have been met.