The Master of Legal Studies program requires 36 credit hours of coursework. 21 credits are obtained through required courses, and the other 15 credits are obtained through electives. There is no thesis requirement, but students will produce a major research paper as part of the capstone course.
All legal studies classes are three credit hours. Courses are offered two per semester in sequential eight-week sessions during the fall and spring terms. In the summer semester, two courses are offered in sequential six-week sessions. Required courses are offered once each academic year. Elective courses alternate every other year. All courses are offered online.
- LEGS 610: Law and the Legal System
- LEGS 620: Researching the Law
- LEGS 630: Law and Society
- LEGS 640: Administrative Legal Process
- LEGS 650: The Legislative Process
- LEGS 660: Alternative Dispute Resolution
- LEGS 700: Research Capstone
Legal studies offers several elective courses. In addition, students may take elective courses in other graduate programs. Students desiring to take any courses from outside the program will need the consent of their academic advisor before pursuing such options.
- LEGS 645: Judicial Legal Process
- LEGS 691: Advanced Topics: Elder Law
- LEGS 691: Advanced Topics: Financial Regulations for Government
- LEGS 691: Advanced Topics: Military Justice
- LEGS 710: Family Law
- LEGS 720: Media and the Law
- LEGS 730: Employment Law
- LEGS 740: Commerce Law
- LEGS 750: Criminal Law and Procedure
- LEGS 751: Punishment and Corrections
- LEGS 752: Homeland Security
- LEGS 753: Immigration and Border Security
- LEGS 760: Administrative Ethics
- LEGS 770: Healthcare Law
- LEGS 771: Long Term Care Regulation
- LEGS 780: Constitutional Law
Students may pursue elective credit through an independent study. Students will determine a course of study between themselves, a faculty member and their academic advisor, which must be approved by a contract. Students enroll in LEGS 695: Independent Study, a three-credit course. Any student interested in independent study must obtain the approval of the director of legal studies no later than mid-semester of the term before the independent study is to begin.