Kaplan University

Master of Science in Legal Studies

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Legal Studies program offers students the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the legal process and principles. Learn more about Kaplan University's MS in Legal Studies program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Legal Studies

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Legal Studies combines a core foundation of courses with one of four intensive study areas. The core curriculum offers a basic understanding of the legal process, ethics, legal writing, and jurisprudence. After completing the core requirements, students can choose electives that focus on one of the following areas: education and the legal system, health care delivery, legal system and the media, and state and local government. The intensive study portion of the curriculum uses a problem-based approach designed to teach students how the law and legal principles interact with social, political, and economic institutions. Students can choose an applied research track or comprehensive exam track for the program.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

55 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Legal Studies:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

  • LS 500: Legal Method and Process (5 credits)
  • LS 501: Ethics and the Professional (5 credits)
  • LS 502: Legal Research, Analysis and Writing (5 credits)
  • LS 503: Jurisprudence and Legal History (5 credits)
  • LS 526: Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Studies (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • LS 506: Understanding Civil Responsibility
    • LS 507: Understanding Criminal Responsibility
    • LS 508: Family and the Legal System
    • LS 509: Contracts as Private Law
  • Applied Research Track
    • LS 504: Applied Research in Legal Studies (5 credits)
    • LS 698: Applied Research (5 credits)
    • 500/600 Level: Legal Studies Electives (15 credits)
  • Comprehensive Exam Track
    • LS 602: Comprehensive Exam Capstone
    • 500/600 Level: Legal Studies Electives (20 credits)

Intensive Study Area Requirements (choose one of the following)

Education and the Legal System (Option 1)

  • LS 515: Legal Foundations for the Formation of Colleges and Universities (5 credits)
  • LS 516: Legal Foundations for the Establishment of Colleges and Universities - Faculty Issues (5 credits)
  • LS 517: Management of Institutions of Higher Education (5 credits)

Health Care Delivery (Option 2)

  • LS 620: Health Care Organizations and Finance (5 credits)
  • LS 621: Federalism and the Health Care Delivery System (5 credits)
  • LS 622: Professionals and Health Care Institutions (5 credits)

Legal System and the Media (Option 3)

  • LS 510: Intellectual Property and Digital Entertainment (5 credits)
  • LS 511: Music Content IP - Building Blocks of the Music Business (5 credits)
  • LS 512: Current and Future Issues in Music Law (5 credits)

State and Local Government (Option 4)

  • LS 605: Organization and Function of State Government (5 credits)
  • LS 606: Legislative Process (5 credits)
  • LS 607: Gubernatorial and Administrative Process (5 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Legal Studies have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the legal process, dispute resolution, jurisprudence, and legal history. Students use real-world examples to help develop an understanding of how the law and legal principles interact with economic, social, and political problems. These skills could be applicable to a variety of legal careers.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Risk management analyst
  • Insurance regulator
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Legal administrator

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