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Legal issues have a broad impact in many industries and the need for legal knowledge is no longer relegated to the legal department. Our online program is designed for working adults seeking to take advantage of expanded career opportunities by arming themselves with the knowledge of the law, legal terminology, and procedures.*
The Master's in Legal Studies online program provides a solid foundation in legal doctrine and concepts while developing and refining your ability 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 help enhance your expertise in your career field.
Attending classes online at Kaplan University is an interactive, supportive, and engaging experience. The program was developed by professors who are 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.
As one of the largest provider of online legal studies programs in the United States† , Kaplan University has helped over 6,500 legal studies graduates achieve their educational goals since 2001. This means that when you earn your degree from Kaplan University, you join one of the most active and diverse alumni communities in the legal field.
Knowledge of the law, legal terminology, and procedures are advantages in just about every industry. Our outcomes oriented curriculum will help you make an impression on prospective employers—or help you become more valuable in your current position. The MS in Legal Studies will challenge you by exploring real-world issues and applying legal principles in a case study format to build strong problem solving skills relevant in a variety of career fields. Each course includes a clearly defined set of goals, so you always know what is expected of you and how you are doing.
Designed with practicality in mind, this program will challenge you to solve real-world issues by applying legal principles in a case study format to build strong, complex problem-solving skills. And our small class sizes—with instructors who offer professional industry experience—means 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:
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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, nonprofit organizations, associations, membership groups, educational institutions, or government agencies. *
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Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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Sep 17, 2014
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Oct 15, 2014
Online Start Date
Nov 12, 2014
This course introduces students to the legal
system. The course will examine the organization of the court
system, the different types and sources of the law, the roles of
professionals in the legal system, and the way the law is
created. Students will study the parallel court system in the
federal and state system, as well as the development of rulings
and procedures of administrative agencies. In addition, the
course will explore laws made in a legislative
Total Program Credits: 55
LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.
This course will explore the concept of ethics
and its relationship to the professional. The course will examine
concepts of normative ethics, professional behavior and
moralistic ethics, and the relationship of ethical decision
making to institutions and organizations in society. The focus
will be on general ethical principles and the determination of
fundamental and common values in society that govern societal
This course focuses on reading, analyzing, and applying the law found in a variety of legal sources including cases, statutes, administrative rulings, and journal articles. Topics will include methods to analyze cases to determine the facts, issues, analysis, and holdings of a case as well as determining the meaning and purpose of statutes, legislative enactments, and administrative rulings. Students will engage in a variety of legal writing, including case briefs, memoranda, and opinions, and will engage in computerized research and develop skills in writing as well as proper citation of legal materials.
This course will provide students with a view of the sources and historical development of legal principles as well as the philosophical foundations of American legal principles. Students will develop an understanding of significant trends in American legal history as well as current trends in development of law and the philosophy of the law that is the underpinning of many public policy actions.
In the first of two courses in applied
research in legal studies, students will be introduced to applied
research within the profession, which encourages adoption of the
role of a reflective practitioner who seeks to simultaneously
understand and change the professional setting. Students will
examine the history of applied research and the intersection of
applied research and experimental research. This study allows
participants to develop an understanding of the processes and how
they can impact their own professional
Third to last term
Writing effectively and accurately is a
necessary skill in the academic and professional worlds. Academic
and Professional Writing for Graduate Students is designed to
prepare students for the demands of academic and professional
writing in their coursework, professional career, and for their
final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to communicate
complex and difficult material clearly to a wide variety of
expert and nonexpert readers, and write for the kinds of
audiences that they will encounter as professionals and who rely
on the words on the page to make meaning. This course will
introduce students to the basic elements of academic and
professional writing at the holistic and sentence level. Students
will gain an understanding of audience and purpose, as well as
the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. Emphasis
is placed on citing and quoting primary materials, organization
strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage so that students hone
and fine-tune their writing skills.
Students experience the art and science of
applied research while they develop the tools of reflective inquiry and
collaborative practice. Students will engage in analysis of current issues and
challenges to explore and practice applied research methods as a logical
extension of professional practice.
Integral to this process is the examination of both informal and systematic ways to ask and answer questions. Students will
design a research plan for their own applied research project.
This course will deal with the concept of the contract as a tool in a society of individuals to establish private law through agreement. Students will study basic elements of the contract including offer and acceptance, damages, and restitution as well as the relationship of the contract as a foundational aspect of societal institutions and organization and the philosophical underpinnings of the contract as an interface between law and society.
This course explores a myriad of family law issues in the legal system. These issues include children's rights, shared custody, privacy rights relative to domestic relations, same-sex marriage, and interracial adoptions, among others. This course is vital to any legal studies professional, as it discusses the various concepts and roles that a professional can encounter in the field of family law.
This course explores the resolution of private disputes between citizens and institutions in society. You will study the methods established by society for the measure of appropriate conduct in personal and institutional relationships. You will also study the process provided for the resolution of those disputes and the remedies in place in society for the violation of those measures.
This course explores the processes of establishing individual responsibility for violation of individual societal standards of behavior and the remedies for violations of those standards. Students will study the requisite state of mind necessary to prove criminal conduct, the specific types of crimes, punishments for crimes, and defenses. Students will also study the impact of criminal conduct and standards on societal institutions and organizations.
Total Program Credits: 55
Total Program Credits: 55
As a final step in the Master of Science in Legal Studies, students may choose the nonthesis option and successfully complete a comprehensive exam. This comprehensive exam incorporates the program outcomes of the Master of Science in Legal Studies program. This exam is designed to carefully assess a student’s overall learning in the program. Successful completion of the exam allows both student and faculty to measure and acknowledge a successful learning experience for the student.
Total Program Credits: 55
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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† Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009-2010, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Conferred, Law and Legal Studies on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV degree-granting institutions.