Master of Legal Studies

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Overview


The MLS is a degree program designed to build greater public understanding of the law and the United States legal system. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills gained to perform their jobs more effectively and to provide private and public organizations the benefit of enhanced experience. It is a graduate program of study designed for professionals practicing in areas such as human relations, criminal justice, juvenile justice, journalism, social work, court administration, national security, probation and law enforcement, or regulatory agencies. It is neither a law degree nor a paralegal program.

The program offers three areas of emphasis: healthcare, justice systems, and homeland security.

The healthcare area of emphasis is designed for those working in the healthcare industry. The courses in healthcare law, long-term care regulation and elder law provide the knowledge to ensure that state and federal regulatory requirements are being met.

The justice system area of emphasis is designed for members of the law enforcement community and any employment where the position is dictated by criminal law and more. Courses such as criminal law, judicial legal process, and punishment and corrections give the student the knowledge needed for career advancement.

The homeland security area of emphasis is designed for professionals working in the areas of emergency response coordination, law enforcement, transportation security, and immigration. Courses such as homeland security, immigration law, and military justice provide the knowledge needed for career advancement.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75. The MLS program will accept the results of any standardized graduate-level tests (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc.). There is no minimum score requirement as the test scores will be evaluated as a part of a student’s entire portfolio. Test scores may be waived in place of experience. See Admissions tab for more information.

Accreditation

West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

2

Years to Completion

10

Courses Required

30

Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Legal Studies requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $597.

$17,910
Residents and Non-Residents
This estimate is based on full-time tuition.

Estimated Tuition Per Semester
Semester Number of Credit Hours Cost
Fall 9 $5,373
Spring 9 $5,373
Summer 9 $5,373
Fall 3 $1,791

Financial Aid

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.

Next Start Date: May 13, 2019    Apply Now

Careers

What can you do with a Master of Legal Studies?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Legal Studies M.L.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Paralegal and Legal Assistant

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Judge, Magistrate Judge

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Arbitrator, Mediator, Conciliator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Compliance Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Private Investigator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Social Worker

Projected Growth: 5-9%

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