Master of Science in Legal Studies
Program Delivery: Online
The Master of Science in Legal Studies program is offered online.

Legal Studies Master's Degree

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 22.0000O*NET OnlineBureau of Labor Statistics

The Master of Science in Legal Studies program is an online degree program for professionals who can benefit from legal training but do not wish to practice as an attorney. Designed for non-lawyers, the Master of Science in Legal Studies improves students’ understanding of United States law and explores the relationship between law and various disciplines. This graduate degree was created specifically for those who do not wish to practice law but who will be working regularly with lawyers and legal issues.

Students will gain professional research, writing, and communication skills, negotiation and advocacy skills, and study legal theory and the role of law in American society.

Is a Career in Legal Studies Right for Me?

A Master of Science in Legal Studies is an asset to those who work with lawyers or other areas of the law, in government and other professional settings that require an understanding of the law. Pursuing this degree may also be appropriate for those wishing to teach law or seek administrative positions.

A legal studies degree can also be applied to many career fields since understanding the law and how the legal system works is important for businesses. All types of businesses have certain legal requirements inherent in their day-to-day operations.  A legal studies degree can provide the skills necessary to keep businesses in compliance and running smoothly.

A degree in legal studies from Hodges University not only provides essential knowledge of the law and legal proceedings, but also helps students develop a high level of analytical and critical thinking skills. Students become effective problem solvers and efficient leaders. 

What is the Legal Studies Career Outlook?

Employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.


What Can I Do with This Degree?


  • In-House Counsel
  • Law Firm Administration
  • Legal Assistant
  • Contract Administrator
  • Litigation Support Director
  • Jury Consultant
  • Legal Services Director
  • Conflict Resolution Specialist


  • Judge
  • Criminal Prosecutor
  • Civil Lawyer
  • Law Enforcement Agency
  • Public Defense Attorney
  • Social Worker
  • Historian
  • Court Advocate


  • Professor
  • Superintendent
  • Investigator
  • Software Consultant

What Will I Learn?

Courses in the master's of legal studies program provide expertise in oral and written communication, research ability, negotiation and advocacy, identification of legal issues and potential risks and liabilities, and statutory, administrative and regulatory compliance. Students may chose to pursue a specific interest through the Capstone course. 

Find more detailed information in the University Catalog

How is Hodges University’s Legal Studies Program Different?

More Choices

Students may take classes online, in class, or a combination of the two making it possible to attend classes while working full time.

Our Professors

Every instructor of law at Hodges University holds a Juris Doctor degree. All other instructors hold at least a master’s degree and experience in their respective field, ensuring that each student receives the best education and preparation in his/her career field.

Small Class Size

Our small class sizes allow for enhanced individual attention. With an average class size of 14 students, you will always receive the assistance and attention you need. 

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You may also contact us to speak to an admissions coordinator who will guide you through the application and admissions process. To speak to an admissions coordinator call us at 1-800-466-8017 (Naples) or 1-800-466-0019 (Fort Myers), use our contact form, email or schedule a one-on-one visit to tour one of our campuses.

Your admissions coordinator will:

  • Help you complete the application in its entirety.
  • Help you obtain necessary transcripts.
  • Schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
  • Coordinate the financial aid process with a financial aid professional.
  • Refer you to your academic advisor for class scheduling.
  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

Your Faculty Members

Jaclyn Balan
Adjunct Faculty
Carlos Baradat
Adjunct Professor
Lisa Cook
Adjunct Faculty
Scot Goldberg
Adjunct Faculty
Charlene Wendel
Program Chair, Legal Studies
Andrew Weyl
Spotlight on Success
Majani Lullein , ESL & Legal Studies 2005 & 2007
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