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Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy

Master of Science– Legal Studies:  Law and Public Policy Concentration – Credits:  36-37 (program code:  0955)

Program Description

The online Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy Concentration blends the fields of humanities, business, political science and jurisprudence. This Internet-based program creates a wide-ranging educational opportunity for both working professionals and serious students seeking graduate education in the analysis and application of law in a myriad of settings. Law and public policy allows seasoned practitioners and scholarly graduate students the opportunity to address, analyze and critique the law and its implications from a social, administrative, juridical, operational, philosophical and managerial perspective. Special emphasis will be given to the ethical considerations inherent in all legal decision-making, the constitutional parameters of law and its practice, and practical assessments of how law influences the culture, the community and the individual.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam. An official copy of an IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy these requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume listing contact information for three professional references
  • Resume must also indicate level of professional experience
  • Two professional letters of recommendation attesting to the ability to succeed in the program
  • Must achieve a B (3.00) or higher in each of the first two courses during the first semester in order to remain in the program

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:

         School of Graduate Studies and Research
         California University of Pennsylvania
         Box 91
         250 University Ave.
         California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Phone: 1.866.595.6348


Core Curriculum (12 credits)
Course Name
LAW 600 Law and Public Policy3
LAW 601 Law and Ethics
LAW 602 Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution
LAW 603 Law and Legal Method3

Law and Public Policy Electives (24-25 credits)
Course Name
LAW 605 Law and Police Process3
LAW 606 Law, Punishment and Corrections3
LAW 607 Law and Criminal Conduct3
LAW 608 Law and Civil Litigation3
LAW 609 Law, Culture and Society3
LAW 610 Law, Justice and the Family3
LAW 700 Law and the International Community3
LAW 701 Law and Administrative Agencies
LAW 702 Law, Science and Forensic Applications
LAW 703 Law and the Environment
LAW 704 Law, Business and the Workplace
RES 849 Thesis
LAW 730 Independent Study in Law and Public Policy


Students in the legal studies: law and public policy concentration receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419


Program Coordinator

Christina A. Toras, J.D. (Capital University Law School), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (Youngstown State University), Chair/Professor, Full-Time Faculty; Specializations: legal research and writing, real estate and corporate law, legal system ethics, appellate legal practice and private sector justice
Web Page:
Phone: 724-938-4761

Graduate Faculty

For faculty bios,

Larry Bassi, M.A. (University of Washington), B.S. (University of Nebraska), Professor, Adjunct Faculty

Robert Diotalevi, L.L.M. (Washington Institute for Graduate Studies), J.D. (New England Law), B.A. (Curry College), Professor, Adjunct Faculty 

Kevin Govern, L.L.M. (University of Notre Dame Law School), L.L.M. (Judge Advocate Generals' Corps, U.S. Army), J.D. (Marquette Law School), B.A. (Marquette University), Professor, Adjunct Faculty

Jeffrey S. Magers, Ed.D., M.A. (Spalding University), B.S. (Eastern Kentucky University), Associate Professor, Full-Time Faculty

David C. Smith, J.D. (The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University), M.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.S. (York College of Pennsylvania), Professor, Adjunct Faculty

Lisa Uva, J.D. (Duquesne University), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (University of Pittsburgh), Professor, Adjunct Faculty