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  • Objectives
    If you have an interest in the law and social issues and wish to incorporate that interest into your career, consider earning a Master of Science in Legal Studies at Kaplan University. Our online program is designed for busy, working adults from diverse career and cultural backgrounds who want to further their knowledge of the legal system without the pressures of law school or studying for the bar exam. When you complete this online program you will earn the valuable credentials many employers demand, while acquiring legal knowledge and skills you can apply throughout your future career.
  • Course description
    This program was developed by professionals in law, social science, and teaching, and is guided by a national advisory board of subject matter experts in a variety of law-related areas. The curriculum is outcomes-oriented, which means we challenge you with real-world experiences to help you develop skills relevant to a variety of career fields. Each course includes a clearly defined set of goals, so you always know what is expected of you and how you are doing. Our online class sizes are limited, so you will receive the level of personal attention you desire.

     Program Highlights

    Start building a strong foundation of legal knowledge by completing the program's core requirements. These specialized online courses are designed to help you:

        * Develop practical skills in dispute resolution, ethical decision making, legal terminology and writing, and use of the law library
        * Focus on how to apply legal principles and concepts to solve real-world social, economic, political, and institutional problems within a professional context
        * Reflect on the ethical and moral implications of the law and legal processes
        * Complete a practicum and an action research report to demonstrate your ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in your online coursework to real-world legal scenarios

    CORE COURSEWORK

    Courses      Credits
    Legal Method and Process     5
    Ethics and the Professional     5
    Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing     5
    Jurisprudence and Legal History     5
    Applied Action Research in Legal Studies     5
    Applied Action Research Project*     5

    Choose one
    Understanding Civil Responsibility     5
    Understanding Criminal Responsibility    
    Family and the Legal System    
    Contracts as Private Law

     What Are the Career Opportunities?

    When you graduate with a Master of Science in Legal Studies you may qualify for a variety of positions requiring legal expertise, such as risk manager or compliance officer. Administrative positions requiring knowledge of the law may be found in health care organizations, such as HMOs, insurance companies, and regulatory agencies. The knowledge, skills, and experience you acquire while earning your master's degree may help you stand out to employers when competing for senior management and administration positions with corporations, nonprofit organizations, associations, membership groups, educational institutions, or government agencies.

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