The Master of Science in Legal Studies program is designed to provide a solid foundation in legal doctrine and concepts while developing and refining students’ ability to identify and analyze legal issues. The program highlights the foundations of the American legal system, process and procedure, dispute resolution, legal research and writing, legal reasoning and analysis, ethical decision making, jurisprudence and legal history, and substantive law in selected areas. It is designed for students who are not interested in practicing law, but who wish to develop a better understanding of the law as it affects their careers or other areas of interest. The program in legal studies does not prepare students for the practice of law. Graduates of this program are not eligible to sit for any state’s bar examination based solely on their completion of this program.
Graduates of the program could pursue career opportunities in law and law-related fields, government, or business or may use the background knowledge gained through this degree to prepare for further graduate study.
This program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in the field, or for jobs in related fields, the specific job titles of which may not be represented in the program title. Although Kaplan University will assist students with job placement, finding a job is the individual responsibility of the student. The University does not guarantee that any student will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all.
While the program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.
The Master of Science in Legal Studies program consists of a minimum of 55 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a master of science degree.