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Purdue University Global | MS in Legal Studies

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Legal Studies is designed to help students develop their knowledge of legal studies and its application in real-world contexts. Learn more about the MS in Legal Studies degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Legal Studies

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the Master of Science in Legal Studies program should be interested in learning about the fundamentals of the US legal system and the ways in which it affects different industries. Candidates must provide a copy of their unofficial transcript that indicates a completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Some programs may have additional admissions requirements as well.

Program Description:

Advance into leadership roles in a wide range of fields by expanding your expertise and gaining specialized knowledge of complex legal issues. Earn your degree 100% online from one of the largest providers of legal programs in the U.S.*

• Program Highlights: Study legal methods and process; legal ethics; legal research, analysis, and writing; jurisprudence; legal history; applied research in legal studies; and more.

• Career Opportunities: Public policy director, compliance director, legal and compliance research analyst, federal regulatory agent, private investigator, court administrator

• Two Tracks of Study: Choose the track that works best for you. Complete either an applied research project or comprehensive exam to demonstrate your mastery of the material.

• Path to an EJD Degree: Apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Concord Law School.†

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Graduates are not authorized to practice law and will not be eligible to sit for any state's bar examination. This program was not designed to meet any specific state's requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2018-2019 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Support Services, nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Purdue Global compared to other Title IV institutions.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about admissions requirements and transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

55 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Master of Science in Legal Studies

Both the Applied Research Track and the Comprehensive Exam Track require the successful completion of 55 total credits of both core requirements and open electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Applied Research Track:

Core Requirements (40 credits)

  • Legal Methods and Process
  • Ethics and the Professional
  • Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing
  • Jurisprudence and Legal History
  • Applied Research in Legal Studies
  • Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students
  • Applied Research Capstone
  • Choose one of the following core elective courses:
    • Understanding Civil Responsibility
    • Understanding Criminal Responsibility
    • Family and the Legal System
    • Contracts as Private Law

Open Elective Requirements (15 credits)

  • 500/600 Level Legal Studies Electives

Comprehensive Exam Track:

Core Requirements (35 credits)

  • Legal Methods and Process
  • Ethics and the Professional
  • Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing
  • Jurisprudence and Legal History
  • Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students
  • Comprehensive Exam Capstone
  • Choose one of the following core elective courses:
    • Understanding Civil Responsibility
    • Understanding Criminal Responsibility
    • Family and the Legal System
    • Contracts as Private Law

Open Elective Requirements (20 credits)

  • 500/600 Level Legal Studies Electives

Post-Graduate Opportunities

Career Paths:

The completion of the MS in Legal Studies program through Purdue University Global is intended to equip students with the skills needed to apply legal principles to business and government strategy in social, political, and economic contexts. Many jobs in this industry are found in corporations, educational institutions, membership groups, and government agencies.

Entry-level graduates could pursue a job as:

  • Compliance director
  • Federal regulatory agent
  • Legal research analyst
  • Public policy director
  • Private investigator

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