Master of Science in Legal Studies: Careers
The legal and public policy fields are one of the fastest-growing fields in the country. Your online master's degree in legal studies prepares you for a well-paying and rewarding career in the legal environment. Because our program blends the fields of humanities, business, political science and jurisprudence, the skills you acquire can also be applied to a myriad of other settings. Here are just some of our success stories.
Leroy Hurt of Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading global consulting firm, provides management support to the U.S. Coast Guard. Hurt, who resides in Olympia, Wash., is a graduate of Cal U's Graduate Legal Studies program. When asked why he chose Cal U, he indicates that "the legal studies online program offered the most cost-effective, schedule-friendly and the most comprehensive coverage of the law among the institutions I researched." He also notes that he's gained intellectual agility while studying here and that the coursework has been immediately applicable to his work.
Brian C. Kohlhepp
Detective Brian C. Kohlhepp of the Ross Township Police Department holds a Master of Arts in social science/criminal justice (summa cum laude) from Cal U. Kohlhepp is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. As a certified police instructor through the FBI, he also teaches police recruits at the Allegheny County Police Academy. He serves as a course development consultant to Cal U's Graduate Legal Studies Department. Kohlhepp indicates that his education at Cal U helps him constantly. "My studies provided me not just a greater knowledge of the law, but also an understanding of the moral, ethical and practical ends that good law should always seek to achieve. The program at Cal U expanded my knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system, in its vast entirety, to me as a practitioner in the field. I strongly believe this to be an outstanding program for both full-time students and working adults who are in or are looking to move into the criminal justice profession."
Michael S. Messner
After graduating from Cal U with a Master of Science degree in law and public policy, Michael S. Messner retired from his post as chief of police in Spring Township, Pa., and entered the academic world as the public safety program director for Mohave Community College in Kingman, Ariz. Today, he's responsible for the management of all credit and non-credit programs relative to the administration of justice and fire science. One of his goals is to provide a good educational foundation to firefighters and police officers. Messner credits Cal U for providing him with the "knowledge needed to develop an effective educational program, which allows (his) students to achieve both their career and personal goals."
Where Our Graduates Are Working
Our graduates are sought by important and well-known employers in the Legal and Public Policy sectors. Among the many employers of our graduates are these organizations:
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Minnesota School District
- Northeast Technical College
- Old Dominion University
- Time Warner Cable
- South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice