The online Master of Legal Studies degree, offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is designed for professionals who work in human services, criminal and juvenile justice, the court system, social work, and regulatory agencies. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for those who work with the legal system.This is not a pre-law or paralegal program, but a program for those who are seeking a better understanding of the legal system and advancement with a master’s degree.
West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Applicant must have:
|Tuition and Fees
for academic year 2016-2017
Per Credit Hour
Per Credit Hour
Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
Students can complete the 36 credit hours in two years. There are 21 hours of required courses and 15 hours of electives.
Required Courses: 36 credit hours
|LEGS 610||Law & the Legal System|
|LEGS 620||Researching the Law|
|LEGS 630||Law & Society|
|LEGS 640||Administrative Legal Process|
|LEGS 650||The Legislative Process|
|LEGS 660||Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|LEGS 700||Research Capstone|
Elective Course: 21 credit hours
Students may be able to take elective courses in other 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||Adv. Topics: Elder Law|
|LEGS 691||Adv. Topics: Financial Regulations for Govt. & Non-Profit|
|LEGS 691||Adv. Topics: Military Justice|
|LEGS 692||Directed Study: Individualized|
|LEGS 710||Family Law|
|LEGS 720||Media & the Law|
|LEGS 730||Employment Law|
|LEGS 740||Commerce Law|
|LEGS 750||Criminal Law & Procedure|
|LEGS 751||Punishment & Corrections|
|LEGS 752||Homeland Security|
|LEGS 753||Immigration & Border Security|
|LEGS 760||Administrative Ethics|
|LEGS 770||Healthcare Law|
|LEGS 771||Long Term Care Regulation|
|LEGS 780||Constitutional Law|
There is no thesis, but students produce a research paper as part of the capstone course.
In some instances, students may be able to pursue elective credit through directed or independent study. Students will draw up a contract with a professor and the advisor and the project must be approved before students can register for LEGS 692: Directed Study.