Legal Studies

Legal Studies Online Master of Science (M.S.) - Law and Public Policy Concentration

About Law and Public Policy

Invest in high-level legal studies to advance your career.

Gain greater understanding and be ready to apply the principles of legal research and policy to a range of complex government policy issues with a master's degree in legal studies at California University of Pennsylvania. 

This graduate degree's concentration in law and public policy focuses on the intersection of legal and policy issues at all levels of government.

Examine the law's comprehensive impact on society.

  • Choose our fully online graduate degree program for access to recognized faculty experts in Pennsylvania and across the country.
  • Earn your master's degree in two years to begin a new career or prepare for advancement in your current employment.


Core principles
Courses in the law and public policy concentration focus on the impact of law on criminal conduct, civil litigation, the international community, administrative agencies, business and the workplace.

Elective courses
Graduate students in the law and public policy concentration can choose from a selection of elective courses to study law and the police process; law, culture and society; law, science and forensic applications; law and the environment, and more.


As a fully online program, Cal U's M.S. in legal studies is flexible and accessible.
 Cal U Global Online offers more than 75 degree and non-degree programs to meet today's career and professional needs.
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Degree Benefits

The master's degree in legal studies with a concentration in law and public policy is designed for working professionals and serious students to analyze and apply the law in myriad settings.

  • Critique the law and its implications from many perspectives: social, administrative, judicial and more.

  • Examine ethical considerations in legal decision-making.

  • Assess how the law influences our culture, the community and individuals.

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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's online master's degree in legal studies prepares you for well-paying and rewarding careers in the legal environment. Because this graduate degree program blends the fields of humanities, business, political science and jurisprudence, the skills students acquire also can be applied to many other professions. Cal U graduates are sought by leading employers in the legal and public policy sectors, including:

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Minnesota School District
  • Northeast Technical College
  • Old Dominion University
  • Time Warner Cable
  • South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
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Valuable network

The M.S. in legal studies program attracts a wide range of professionals from law enforcement, police, military, paralegals, private sector security, government agents and more. Students can make important contacts for future career work.


Professional resource

The Institute for Law and Public Policy at Cal U provides continuing education for a wide range of professionals in southwestern Pennsylvania through degree and certificate programs, and professional development and training opportunities.


Certificate Option

Students can choose to earn the 15-credit-hour law and public policy certificate to focus on the core courses within the master's degree program. The certificate can be earned as a standalone credential or as part of the master's degree program.

Law and Public Policy Concentration Courses

The master's degree program emphasizes critical thinking, analysis and intensive writing as related to the most critical legal and policy issues.



Course Credits
LAW 600 Law and Public Policy  3
LAW 601 Law and Ethics 3
LAW 602 Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution 3
LAW 603 Law and Legal Method 3
LAW 607 Law and Criminal Conduct 3
LAW 608 Law and Civil Litigation 3
LAW 610 Law, Justice and the Family 3
LAW 700 Law and the International Community 3
LAW 701 Law and Administrative Agencies 3
LAW 704 Law, Business and the Workplace 3
Total 30
Admission Requirements

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
  • International Global Online Applicants

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 two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume with contact information for three professional references with an overview of professional work experience
    • 500-word essay supporting the application

How to Apply:

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

Legal Studies Online Master of Science (M.S.)

Dual Concentrations


M.S., Legal Studies Faculty

Larry Bassi

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Jeffrey Davidson

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Kevin Govern, J.D., LL.M.

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David Heller
Adjunct Professor

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Brian Kohlhepp, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty

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William Morgan, J.D.
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David Smith, M.S., M.A., J.D.

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Dr. Christina A. Toras, J.D., M.A.
Professor, Director of the Institute for Law and Public Policy

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Michael Vennum, J.D.

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Dr. Karl Williams, M.D., M.P.H.

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