Legal Studies Master's Degree

Legal Studies Master's Degree Online Master of Science (M.S.)

About the Legal Studies Master's Degree

Gain insights into the law and its role in modern life.

The online Master of Science in Legal Studies program at California University of Pennsylvania creates a wide-ranging educational opportunity for working professionals and other serious students with an interest in law and public policy.

The program builds professional skills in research, critical thinking, writing and persuasion as students analyze and critique the law and explore its implications in various contexts. Thought-provoking coursework, taught by legal scholars and other subject-matter experts, positions students to advance their careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, paralegalism, business, government and other related fields where a specialized knowledge of the law is beneficial.

Program Advantages: Students in the M.S. in Legal Studies program benefit from in-depth interactions with professionals from a variety of career fields. Professors have practical experience and expert knowledge of the subjects they teach. Consequently, they can provide students with opportunities for networking and partnering on research for publication in academic and professional journals. 

  • FBINAACal U's legal studies program is an Academic Alliance partner with the FBI National Academy Associates (FBI NAA). FBI National Academy graduates who have completed graduate-level courses while attending the academy may transfer up to nine credit hours to the M.S. in Legal Studies if they have not already been applied toward the requirements of another graduate degree. 


  • FBI LEEDA Logo.The legal studies program also partners with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA Inc.) to award three graduate credits for completion of all three leadership courses required for the Trilogy Award. The three credits can be applied toward completion of the M.S. in Legal Studies.

 

Choose a concentration for your online master’s in legal studies.

Students in this fully online graduate program specialize their studies by choosing from one of three options:

  • The law and public policy concentration helps students apply the principles of legal research and policy analysis to a wide variety of complex governmental policy issues. Coursework emphasizes how law and policy intersect to influence individuals, communities and our culture.
  • The criminal justice concentration focuses on the practical application of law and policy within the criminal justice system. Students examine real-world legal and policy issues that impact justice agencies within federal, state and local governments.
  • The homeland security concentration places special emphasis on strategies, plans and programs that can make our nation less vulnerable to terrorism. Students apply law and policy as they seek solutions to improve homeland security preparedness.

At Cal U, students can earn a legal studies master’s degree in each of these concentrations, or complete a specialized 15-credit graduate certificate 100% online.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: LEGAL STUDIES MASTER'S DEGREE

Step Ahead in Your Career:  Students can earn their legal studies master's degree 100% online in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study. The program positions law enforcement and justice system professionals to move into leadership roles or begin new careers. The program also is valuable for paralegals, cybersecurity personnel and human resources professionals seeking specialized knowledge and training in the law.

Challenging Coursework: As a legal studies student at Cal U, you’ll take a deep dive into specialized topics with courses such as Law and Police Process (Police Civil Liability); Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law; Domestic Extremism in the United States; Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and WMD Threats in Homeland Security; Law and Civil Litigation; Law and Administrative Agencies; and Law, Business and the Workplace, among others.

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Concentrations available in the legal studies program: homeland security, criminal justice, and law and public policy.
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Degree Benefits

The 100% online master's in legal studies prepares you to:  

  • Interpret and analyze legal materials such as case law and statutory materials.
  • Explain the public policy impact of judicial rulings and legislative policy.
  • Frame legal issues for specific legal dilemmas.
  • Weigh and evaluate legal arguments and legal remedies.
  • Conduct legal research on diverse topical coverage in law.

 

 

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Graduate Outcomes

Because this program is rooted in the humanities, business, political science, jurisprudence, criminal justice and homeland security, Cal U's online master's degree in legal studies prepares you for a wide range of rewarding careers. Legal studies graduates are sought by leading employers in the legal and public policy sectors.

 
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Homeland Security:

 

Graduate students in the homeland security concentration study such issues as domestic extremism in the United States; biological, chemical, nuclear and WMD threats in homeland security; intelligence practice in homeland security; domestic extremism; terrorism, threat and vulnerability analysis, and protection; and other specialized topics.

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Criminal Justice:

The criminal justice concentration takes a practical look at topics such as financial investigations, criminal justice organization and management, justice studies, sexual assault investigations, police civil liability, and other specialized areas.

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Law and Public Policy:

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

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

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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 (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712) 

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

M.S., Legal Studies Faculty

Larry Bassi
Instructor

bassi@calu.edu

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Jeffrey Davidson
Instructor

davidson@calu.edu

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

govern@calu.edu

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David Heller
Adjunct Professor

heller@calu.edu

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Brian Kohlhepp, M.A.
Assistant Professor

kohlhepp@calu.edu

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

smith_d@calu.edu

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

toras@calu.edu

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Michael Vennum, J.D.
Instructor

vennum@calu.edu

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

williams_k@calu.edu

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