Master of Arts in Legal Studies
The University offers the Master of Arts in Legal Studies for students seeking to advance their professional and academic knowledge of legal doctrines and concepts. The Master of Arts in Legal Studies is facilitated entirely online, which enables working professionals to fit a graduate-level education into their busy lives. Additionally, this interdisciplinary program was designed specifically for professionals not interested in practicing law, but in seeking to develop their legal knowledge it pertains to career goals, interdisciplinary research, or a variety of disciplines.
The program attracts professionals from a variety of law-related fields, government agencies, business and nonprofit organizations, and students advancing their graduate studies. Students explore legal meanings, practices, and values, and they develop working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and procedures. The program challenges students to develop sound research and communication skills. Students interact with motivated peers who share the same passion for legal studies and professional development. The legal studies faculty is comprised of knowledgeable instructors, many who are experts in law and related fields.
The online Master of Arts in Legal Studies is not intended to prepare students for the practice of law and graduates are not eligible for admission to the bar of any state based solely on their completion of this program. The is part of the American Public University System, which is an officially recognized member of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC Member Number 5070).
Program Completion Rates, Median Debt, and More
The following program details are intended to help you make an informed decision about the university that's right for you.
|2012-2013 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||2 years|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||27%|
|Tuition & Fees as of September 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2012-2013 Graduates|
(before any awarded transfer credit)
|Technology fee2||$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3 |
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies5||$1,749.15|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 89% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 If a comprehensive exam is required to complete your program of study there will be an additional fee of $250. This fee covers the cost of exam supplies and materials.
5 Cost for books and supplies is based on an average for the courses within this degree program. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
6 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
For more information on jobs related to this program, please click on the below links to the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
American Public University System (APUS) makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of an APUS program or coursework will result in employment within a particular field. Many employers take into account various criteria, in addition to education, when determining eligibility for employment. To assist our students in their career search, the APUS Office of Career Services provides students and alumni a variety of tools, resources, information, and guidance to assist them as they pursue their life goals.