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Legal Studies, MLS

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  • 24 months
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The Master of Legal Studies is a degree program offered by West Virginia University designed to build greater public understanding of the law and the United States legal system.
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Overview

The Legal Studies program from West Virginia University offers three areas of emphasis: healthcare, justice systems, and homeland security.

Career

Graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills gained to perform their jobs more effectively and to provide private and public organizations the benefit of enhanced experience. 

It is a graduate program of study designed for professionals practicing in areas such as human relations, criminal justice, juvenile justice, journalism, social work, court administration, national security, probation and law enforcement, or regulatory agencies. It is neither a law degree nor a paralegal program.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Law and the Legal System
  • Researching the Law
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Judicial Legal Process
  • The Legislative Process

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits

    30 credits/year

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Two Letters of Reference. Letters should speak to the applicant’s intellectual ability, motivation, oral/written communication skills, and the likelihood of success in completing this master’s degree program. 
  • Personal Statement on the subject of why and how the MLS degree will further the applicant’s career or special interests.
  • Resume or CV. 
  • Test Scores or Waiver Request.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5679 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5679 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5679 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5679 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition per 9 credits

Funding

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