Master of Arts in Legal Studies

The graduate program in legal studies adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law as a social phenomenon. The program emphasizes analytical and conceptual thinking as expressed both in writing and orally. Public policy and current social issues are interwoven with the study of law and lawmaking by the various political actors in the United States and globally.

Delivery Method


Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school;

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

  • Students should apply online at by completing the Graduate Student Application, submitting official copies of all transcripts to the UIS Admissions Office, and submitting the $60 application fee to the UIS Admissions Office ($75 for international students).

Transfer Policy

All transfer credit hours are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the Legal Studies Department. Up to 12 hours of prior graduate credit may be accepted.

Special Characteristics

Allows students to gain professional skills at various levels, as well as study legal theory and the role of law in American society. The curriculum seeks to develop the professional and scholarly abilities graduates will need in law-related careers or more advanced studies. Particular emphasis is placed on analytical thinking, research, and writing skills.

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