MS in Legal Studies

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Legal Studies program is designed to offer a fundamental understanding of the legal process. Learn more about the Master of Science in Legal Studies program at Kaplan University here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of program is it?

The Master of Science in Legal Studies program at Kaplan University is offered online. Students have the opportunity to study legal methods and process, ethics, jurisprudence and legal history, applied research in legal studies, and legal research, analysis, and writing. This program is intended to focus on how to use legal and leadership principles. Students in this program have the opportunity to choose from an applied research track or a comprehensive exam capstone track.

What are the prerequisites?

Before enrolling in Kaplan University's Master of Science in Legal Studies program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree and should also be interested in learning about the legal field. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED. Since the program is offered online, applicants need access to a computer.

What are the course requirements?

To earn the Master of Science in Legal Studies from Kaplan University you must complete 55 credits. This program consists of 35-40 credits of core requirements and 15-20 electives credits. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Master of Science in Legal Studies Requirements

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

Comprehensive Exam Track

  • Comprehensive Exam Capstone

Applied Research Track

  • Applied Research in Legal Studies
  • Applied Research

What could I do after I graduate?

Career Opportunities

Graduates who complete Kaplan University's Master of Science in Legal Studies program could be prepared to pursue employment in a variety of fields where a knowledge of the legal process is beneficial. Responsibilities could include assisting with dispute resolution, legal writing, investigating, or human resources.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Arbitrator
  • Conflict resolution specialist
  • Human resources director
  • Investigator
  • Legal advocate
  • Newspaper reporter
  • Paralegal manager