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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.

Program Objectives

The graduate will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Evaluate critical legal and public policy issues
  • Evaluate legal method and reasoning to address complex legal and public policy issues
  • Evaluate the ethical and moral implications of case law and legislative action in the development of public policy
  • Evaluate legal arguments and legal remedies in a particular public policy dilemma
  • Evaluate criminal and civil remedies in relationship to ethical, moral, social, political and cultural dilemmas relating to the law
  • Research, interpret and evaluate legal materials such as case law and statutory materials
  • Evaluate the influence judicial rulings and legislative actions have on public policy
  • Evaluate legal questions and issues in various settings such as corrections, law enforcement, government and administrative agencies, and the business environment

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admissions Criteria

Minimum undergraduate 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution*

Graduate School Application plus $25 nonrefundable application fee

*Applicants possessing a 2.50-2.99 GPA may be considered for conditional admission if they submit two professional letters of recommendation, a current resume indicating field experience and a listing of three references. Conditional admits must achieve a grade of B (3.00) or higher in each of the first two courses taken during the first semester of study

Curriculum

Core Curriculum (12 credits)
Course Name
Credits
LAW 600 Law and Public Policy3
LAW 601 Law and Ethics
3
LAW 602 Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution
3
LAW 603 Law and Legal Method3

Law and Public Policy Electives (24-25 credits)
Course Name
Credits
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
3
LAW 702 Law, Science and Forensic Applications
3
LAW 703 Law and the Environment
3
LAW 704 Law, Business and the Workplace
3
RES 849 Thesis
4
LAW 730 Independent Study in Law and Public Policy
3

Advisement

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.

Department Website

www.calu.edu/go

Application Questions

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

724-938-4187

gradschool@calu.edu

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: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Christina-Toras.aspx
E-mail
: toras@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4761

Graduate Faculty

For faculty bios, visit:www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm.

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