August 16, 2017
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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:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Scores from a graduate school aptitude test (GRE, LSAT, GMAT). Prospective students may petition the program for a waiver of the test requirement if 1) you have been working in the field for five years or more (including military experience), or 2) already hold a graduate degree or have successfully completed at least 18 semester hours in another accredited graduate program. The waiver form to petition the program for a waiver of the test requirement can be found at

Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Request test scores to be sent to WVU or complete test waiver form
  • Provide two letters of reference (evaluation). References should be requested through the online Graduate Application portal
  • Submit current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement detailing interest in the Master of Legal Studies degree program
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:

    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


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Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2016-2017


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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.

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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.

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