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Master of Science Degree in Legal Studies

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A wide variety of industries have a need for professionals with legal knowledge. Our master’s degree in legal studies online program is designed for working adults seeking to expand their career opportunities by arming themselves with the knowledge of the law, legal terminology, and procedures.*

Purdue Global’s Master of Science in Legal Studies provides a solid foundation in legal doctrine and concepts; it also gives students the chance to develop and refine their abilities to identify and analyze legal issues. The 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. You can select the curriculum track that best suits your needs, and design your curriculum by choosing electives to enhance your area of expertise.

Attending classes online at Purdue Global is an interactive, supportive, and engaging experience. The program was developed professors who are industry professionals in law, social science, and teaching, and is guided by a national advisory board of subject matter experts in a variety of law-related areas. Courses include live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor feedback.

Purdue Global is one of the largest providers of online legal studies programs in the United States.When you earn your degree here, you’ll join an active and diverse academic community.

Master of Science in Legal Studies Program Highlights

Designed with practicality in mind, this master’s degree in legal studies program will challenge you to solve real-world issues by applying legal principles in a case study format. Our small classes—taught by instructors with professional industry experience—mean you get personalized support in an interactive learning environment.

Start building a strong foundation of legal knowledge by completing the program's core requirements. These specialized online courses are 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: Utilize the skills of a reflective practitioner to analyze and solve problems within a professional context
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

The knowledge, skills, and experience you acquire while earning your master's degree may help you stand out to employers when competing for senior management and administration positions with:

  • Corporations
  • Membership groups
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
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How Do I Get Started?

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


Start Date

December 05, 2018

Start Date

February 27, 2019

Start Date

May 15, 2019

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July 31, 2019

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October 16, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

Customize your Master of Science in Legal Studies by choosing to complete an applied research project or a comprehensive exam as the program's culminating experience. Build a stronger foundation of legal knowledge by completing courses such as:

  • Legal Methods and Process
  • Ethics and the Professional
  • Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing
  • Jurisprudence and Legal History
  • Applied Research in Legal Studies
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Research Track
  • Core Credits40
  • Open Elective Credits15
  • Total Credits55
Exam Track
  • Core Credits35
  • Open Elective Credits20
  • Total Credits55

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment 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. 

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2016-2017 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV institutions. Note: these data were reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.