Online Master of Science Degree in Legal Studies

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Program at a Glance

  • Purdue Global is the largest provider of legal support services programs in the U.S.*
  • Curriculum focuses on the legal system, dispute resolution, legal research and writing, legal reasoning and analysis, ethical decision-making, jurisprudence, legal history, and substantive areas of law.
  • Select the curriculum track that best suits your needs and choose electives to enhance your area of expertise.
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
1 year
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
55
(37 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420

Master of Science in Legal Studies Overview

From business to government to health care, nearly every industry has a need for professionals with an advanced legal education. Our online master’s in legal studies program is designed for working adults seeking to expand their career opportunities by arming themselves with knowledge of the law, legal terminology, and procedures.

Purdue Global’s online master’s in legal studies program will challenge you to solve real-world issues by applying legal principles in a case study format. Learn from faculty who are industry professionals in law, social science, and teaching. Start building a strong foundation of legal knowledge by completing specialized online courses designed to teach you:

  • Legal principles: Apply legal principles and concepts to the analysis of complex social, political, and economic issues.
  • Ethics: Reflect on the ethical and moral implications of the law and legal processes.
  • Leadership: Apply principles of leadership to shape change and improve the application and direction of the law and the legal system in relation to institutions and society.
  • Reflective practice: Use the skills of a reflective practitioner to analyze and solve problems within a professional context.

Choose From Two Tracks of Study

Customize your master's in legal studies by choosing from the following tracks:

  • Applied research: Develop a better understanding of applied research methods and their application to legal studies.
  • Comprehensive exam: Complete a written examination covering the core curriculum courses.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Opportunities for Professional Development

Online discussion boards provide the opportunity to engage with students from around the country and learn from their experiences.


You can also take advantage of the Graduate Resource Center, a self-paced course that includes information on professional memberships and clubs, career services, social networking, and more.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

Coursework provides a solid foundation in legal doctrine while allowing you to develop and refine your ability to identify and analyze legal issues. Choose electives that build focused expertise in your chosen career field.

All courses are reviewed and revised continually by legal experts to ensure they reflect the most recent developments and legislation. 

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Sample Courses
  • Legal Methods and Process
  • Ethics and the Professional
  • Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing
  • Jurisprudence and Legal History
  • Applied Research in Legal Studies

Research Track

  • Core Credits
    40
  • Elective Credits
    15
  • Total Credits
    55

Exam Track

  • Core Credits
    35
  • Major Credits
    20
  • Total Credits
    55

What Can You Do With a Master's in Legal Studies?

Demand for legal services is growing and shifting. In addition, the need for legal professionals with regulatory and global compliance expertise is increasing.

The knowledge, skills, and experience you acquire in an online master’s in legal studies program can help you stand out to employers when competing for senior management and administration positions in settings such as corporations, membership groups, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Active Listening
  3. Speaking
  4. Writing
  5. Critical Thinking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Graduates are not authorized to practice law and will not be eligible to sit for any state's bar examination. This program was not designed to meet any specific state's requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

View Legal Studies Faculty Directory
grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

Earn a Law Degree 1 Year Sooner

Upon graduating, you can apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Concord Law School. Save up to $11,124 in tuition and graduate a year sooner. You could earn both a master’s and EJD degree in as few as 4 years. See which courses transfer.

Unlike the JD, which prepares you to sit for the bar exam and practice law, the online EJD is designed to help you build legal expertise to use in your career. 

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2018–2019 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Support Services, nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Purdue Global compared to other Title IV institutions.

Purdue Global alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction on Concord programs. Tuition savings calculated as 27 credit hours x reduced per credit tuition rate of $412 = $11,124. Savings will vary based on the courses completed in the student’s master’s degree program. Credits apply toward open elective and/or specialty electives in the EJD program.

Time savings based on a student who applies 27 credit hours toward the 3-year EJD program; remaining 45 credits can be completed in 2 years of study. MSLS can be completed in 1.5 years of study when adhering to the recommended course-load each term, taking courses in sequence, and without interruptions such as a leave of absence.