MA in Legal Studies

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2 Years
Time to Completion
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Become a legal system expert

Pursuing a master’s in Legal Studies at Webster University can be a game changer for working professionals interested in elevating their skill set and marketability. Complete this 39-credit program in two years—poised for higher-level positions, greater responsibilities, and increased earning potential.

Why Webster for your master’s in Legal Studies?

Expand your career options

Become a valued leader in the workforce as you develop your ability to utilize critical thinking strategies for legal reasoning and analysis. Webster’s MA in Legal Studies is ideal for:

In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge of the legal system to enhance your career, you may seek a certificate in Paralegal Studies concurrently with the MA in Legal Studies. All coursework is applied toward both the degree and the certificate.

The MA in Legal Studies does not prepare you for the practice of law, and as a graduate you will not be eligible for admission to the bar.

Build your legal skill set

Coursework that focuses on a wide range of legal-related topics will equip you with an increased understanding of the legal system to take on more significant duties within your career. Graduate with skills to:

Classes you’ll take

You’ll complete 39 credit hours to earn your Master of Arts in Legal Studies. The curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics related to regulations and the legal system.

Your course list

The 39 credit hours required for the MA in Legal Studies must include the following courses:

  • Advanced Topics in Law
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Anglo-American Legal History
  • Civil Actions
  • Computerized Legal Research
  • Criminal Actions
  • Ethics for the Legal Professional
  • Introduction to Legal Studies (Requisite Course)
  • Jurisprudence
  • Methods of Legal Research and Writing I
  • Methods of Legal Research and Writing II
  • Research and Writing Project

Designed for flexibility

Webster’s MA in Legal Studies is designed with you in mind. Take classes through Webster University Online or in person at our main campus in St. Louis, full-time or part-time. Work toward your professional goals while balancing your other obligations.

Elevate your skills, elevate your career

With an MA in Legal Studies from Webster, you will be poised to grow in many different career areas connected to the law, including potential positions like:

Paralegal and Legal Assistant


(Median Annual Salary
National, September 2023)

Human Resources Manager


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National, September 2023)

Compliance Officer


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An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your MA in Legal Studies from Webster, an independent, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Webster University's MA in Legal Studies also was mentioned in Paralegal Today as one of the few programs in the country for students wishing to further their knowledge of Paralegal Studies.

Learn from experts

Combine theory and practice as you work alongside faculty members who are practicing attorneys and judges. They will mentor and enable you to take the most current legal knowledge and apply it at work, as well as understand the complex relationships among institutions in the United States and international governance.