Master of Legal Studies
The Master of Legal Studies program is a 36-hour online academic program based in the Department of Public Administration. The Department is part of the larger Eberly College of Arts & Sciences.
The MLS graduate program is designed for professionals practicing in areas such as human relations, criminal and juvenile justice, the court system (including magistrates and probation officers), journalism, social work, regulatory agencies, county and municipal government, business, and other professionals who work with, though not necessarily in, the legal system. This is neither a “pre-law” program nor a paralegal program. It does not prepare graduates to practice law.
Most students complete the program in six semesters, but students may customize their coursework to complete it in less or more time. Our advisors are available to assist in creating a study plan for all of our students. Students may bring in up to nine hours of related coursework from an accredited graduate program.
MLS students become part of the greater West Virginia University community. As graduate students in the Department of Public Administration, students have access to all University libraries, facilities, and services, with the added flexibility an online program offers.
The program is administered by the Program Director Nancy Adams, under the oversight of the chair of the Department of Public Administration.