Master of Legal Studies
West Virginia University

Program Details

The online Master of Legal Studies degree program from West Virginia University is designed for professionals who work in human services, criminal and juvenile justice, the court system, social work, and regulatory agencies. This is not a pre-law program, but a program for those who are seeking a better understanding of the legal system and advancement with a master's degree. Courses cover topics such as:

  • Law & Society
  • The Legislative Process
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Media & the Law


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Scores from a graduate school aptitude test (GRE, LSAT, GMAT). Prospective students may petition the program for a waiver of the test requirement if 1) they have been working in the field for five years or more (including military experience), or 2) already hold a graduate degree or have successfully completed at least 18 semester hours in another accredited graduate program
  • Two letters of reference
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission