Legal Studies

University of San Diego

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
1960 USD/credit
1960 USD/credit
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Master of Science (MS) in Legal Studies at University of San Diego is designed for graduate students and professionals whose area of research or employment would benefit from further study of the legal system.


Ideal candidates include, but are not limited to, graduate students in other disciplines (such as political science, economics, international relations, engineering, philosophy, business or medicine) or professionals from different fields (such as journalism, business, science or technology), who will benefit from studying law, but who do not wish to become attorneys.

Candidates of the Legal Studies program at University of San Diego work closely with the Director to design an individual, flexible program that is to their greatest interest and benefit and may select available courses from a variety of subject areas within the law school curriculum and are taught by our distinguished full-time and adjunct faculty.

Career and Professional Development

The Office of Career and Professional Development works closely with students and alumni to offer career guidance and support for in-school and post-graduate employment. The office also works closely with all types of employers to meet their ever-changing hiring needs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Taxation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




26 alternative credits

Full-time (9 or more credits) and part-time (8 or fewer credits) options are available (pending visa restrictions)


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the MS in Legal Studies program is competitive. Admitted candidates have excellent academic credentials and/or significant professional experience. Admissions criteria include the following:
  • Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • Applicants must establish by their academic record that they possess the qualities which indicate the ability to successfully complete graduate law school work
  • Most successful candidates also possess a graduate degree or a minimum of 3 years professional experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Legal Studies
University of San Diego