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
|Final Program Requirements||3|
|Total Semester Hours||36|
Degree Program Requirements
Core Requirements (24 semester hours)
|LSTD502||Criminal Law 1||3|
|LSTD503||Criminal Justice Process||3|
|LSTD504||Methods of Legal Research and Writing I||3|
|LSTD505||Methods of Legal Research and Writing II (Prerequisite: LSTD504 - Methods of Legal Research and Writing I)||3|
|Total Semester Hours||24|
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|
|Homeland Security and the Law|
|Law, Ethics and Cybersecurity|
|Law and Public Policy|
|Judicial Politics, Process, and Policy Making|
|Total Semester Hours||6|
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)
|LSTD699||Legal Studies Capstone 1||3|
|Total Semester Hours||3|
Taken once all other requirements have been met.