Legal Studies, MS—Online

This degree is designed for professionals who want a deeper understanding of law and legal concepts. Such professionals may be found in nonprofit organizations, foundations, financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, insurance firms, compliance departments, or a host of other commercial and noncommercial settings. Examples of the professionals who would be interested in this degree are human resource professionals, claims representatives for insurance companies, professionals in healthcare organizations, bank loan officers, real estate brokers, risk managers, government affairs officers, management consultants advising organizations, development officers working on planned giving, and software entrepreneurs. They desire to know more about the law and to be able to deal more effectively with the lawyers with whom they interact during their professional lives. The degree includes concentrations in human resources law, business law, intellectual property law, and health law.

Program Plan

Students take one 3-semester-hour course per term. A term is approximately eight weeks; there are two terms (A and B) in each of three semesters (fall, spring, and summer). The course work is spread over 10 terms or five semesters. Every student in their first semester takes two required foundation courses. Students then take four out of five core courses, plus three or four elective courses from any of four concentrations. Students choosing not to concentrate may take courses from any concentration.

Program Features

Total Degree Credit Required

The program requires 30 semester hours.

Course Organization

The program comprises 10 courses:

  • Each course is eight weeks
  • Two courses are taken per semester
  • Each course is 3 semester hours
  • Course types:
    • Two foundation courses
    • Four or five core courses
    • Three or four elective courses


The program includes four concentrations plus a general track. The concentrations are:

  • Business Law
  • Health Law
  • Human Resources Law
  • Intellectual Property Law

Academic Structure

  • Six eight-week sessions per calendar year:
    • Spring A
    • Spring B
    • Summer A
    • Summer B
    • Fall A
    • Fall B
  • Two eight-week courses (3 semester hours each) back-to-back in each 16-week semester
  • Total of 10 courses needed to graduate

Time to Degree Completion

Normal completion time is five semesters of part-time study, with students taking one course at a time.

Admission Cycles

  • Fall 1 session
  • Spring 1 session
  • Summer 1 session

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institution
  • Online application
  • Application fee—none
  • Personal statement with designated questions to be answered
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL for international students
  • Transcripts from all previous higher educational institutions attended.
  • Professional resumé

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Foundation Courses

LS 6101Introduction to Legal Studies 1: Law and Legal Reasoning3
LS 6102Introduction to Legal Studies 23

Core Courses

Complete at least four of the following:12-15
LS 6110Law of Information and Records3
LS 6120Law and Strategy3
LS 6130Negotiation and Advocacy3
LS 6140Data Regulation and Compliance3
LS 6150Law and Organizational Management3

Specialization Elective Courses

Complete three or four of the following:9-12
LS 6160Regulation and Global Business Strategies3
LS 6170Financial Transactions3
LS 6180Health Law Survey3
LS 6181Healthcare Regulation and Compliance3
LS 6182Patient Records, Privacy, and Security3
LS 6210Special Topics in Employee Rights and Employer Obligations3
LS 6211Antidiscrimination Law3
LS 6212Wages and Benefits3
LS 6230Intellectual Property Survey3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

30 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required