Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy

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Master of Science: Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy Concentration - Credits:  30 (program code:  0955)

Certificate: Law and Public Policy - Credits: 15 (program code: 0716)

Program Description

M.S. in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy

The Law and Public Policy concentration of the Legal Studies master's degree uniquely 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 multitude of contexts. Students address, analyze and critique the law and its public policy implications from social, administrative, juridical, ethical, operational and managerial perspectives.  Special emphasis is given to the practical ramifications of how law and public policy intersect, influencing the culture, the community and the individual. Coursework will challenge students to develop further research, writing and analytical skills as students engage with case law, statutory law and administrative regulations and learn to support arguments with reputable sources.

 This concentration is an excellent option for:

  • Paralegals or law enforcement professionals seeking to advance their careers or move into executive leadership positions.
  • Justice system professionals looking to build on their knowledge and skills or who need a master’s degree for promotion.
  • Anyone who needs specialized knowledge and understanding of the law.

The master's degree can be completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Certificate in Law and Public Policy

This Law and Public Policy post-baccalaureate certificate program provides students with the opportunity to address, analyze and critique the law and its public policy implications from social, administrative, juridical, ethical, operational and managerial perspectives. Special emphasis is given to the practical ramifications of how law and public policy intersect, influencing the culture, the community and the individual. Coursework challenges students to develop further research, writing and analytical skills as students engage with case law, statutory law and administrative regulations and learn to support arguments with reputable sources. 

The Law and Public Policy certificate program is designed for students who are seeking an academic credential as preparation for careers in government agencies, legal support positions, criminal justice agencies and nonprofit associations and in the private sector.

This certificate program includes graduate courses from the M.S. in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy program. Students can complete the five courses within one year.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Curriculum - Master of Science: Legal Studies - Law and Public Policy

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

Curriculum - Certificate: Law and Public Policy

 
Course Credits
LAW 600  Law and Public Policy  3
LAW 602  Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution 3
LAW 603  Law and Legal Method 3
LAW 608  Law and Civil Litigation 3
LAW 701  Law and Administrative Agencies 3
Total 15

Advisement

Students in the Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy master's degree and certificate programs receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to a dedicated faculty member adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Faculty members work closely with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study and their careers.

Program Website

https://www.calu.edu/academics/online-programs/legal-studies/curriculum/ms-law-public-safety/index.htm

For Additional Information

Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Christina A. Toras, J.D. (Capital University Law School), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (Youngstown State University),  Professor, Full-Time Faculty; Director, Institute of Law and Public Policy

Specializations: legal research and writing, real estate and corporate law, legal system ethics, case law and public policy
Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/christina-toras.aspx 
Email
: toras@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4761

Program Faculty

 Larry Bassi, M.A., B.S. (Washington State University), Instructor

Jeffry Davidson, M.A., M.A. (Webster University), B.A. (Barry University), Instructor

Kevin Govern, J.D. (Marquette University Law School), LL.M. (University of Notre Dame School of Law), LL.M. (The Judge General's School, U.S. Army), B.A. (Marquette University), Instructor

David Heller, M.A. (Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Post Graduate School), B.S. (Capitol College), A.S. (Penn State University), Adjunct Professor

Brian Kohlhepp, M.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Waynesburg University), Ross Police Detective Division Supervisor, FBI JTTF, Assistant Professor

William Morgan, J.D. (Quinnipiac College School of Law), B.S. (University of New Haven), (FBI National Academy), Command Training Program (New England Institute of Law Management, Babson College), Instructor

David Smith, J.D. (Dickinson School of Law, Penn State), M.A. (American Public University System), M.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.S., A.S. (York College of Pennsylvania), Instructor

Michael Vennum, J.D. (University of Pittsburgh), B.S. (Penn State University), Instructor

Karl Williams, M.P.H., M.D. (University of Pittsburgh), B.S. (Oberlin College), Instructor

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/