Legal Studies (MA)

Webster University's Department of Legal Studies offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Legal Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

Coursework for the MA is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the legal environment in which individuals, businesses, and the judiciary operate. It's an ideal degree for individuals (such as managers, teachers, government employees, and legal assistants) who would benefit professionally from additional legal knowledge. In fact, our MA in Legal Studies was mentioned in Paralegal Today as one of the few programs in the country for students wishing to further their knowledge of Paralegal Studies. 

Our certificate program in paralegal studies is designed to provide the theoretical and practical education needed by those who work or desire to work as paralegals or legal assistants. 

Students seeking an MA in Legal studies may seek the certificate in Paralegal Studies concurrently with their degree. Some of the coursework is applied toward both the degree and the certificate.

For more detailed information on the MA in Legal Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies, visit the graduate catalog.

Points of Distinction

  • Webster’s MA in Legal Studies was mentioned in Paralegal Today as one of the few programs in the country for students wishing to further their knowledge of Paralegal Studies beyond a bachelor’s degree.
  • Faculty represent every legal background; students learn from judges with the Missouri Court of Appeals and St. Louis Circuit Court, from US attorneys and municipal attorneys, from criminal prosecutors and public defenders, from intellectual property lawyers and corporate attorneys.
  • As working judges and attorneys, Webster professors are well-versed in the latest trends and expectations in legal professions and tapped into the tight-knit network of internships and job opportunities in the St. Louis legal community.
  • Legal Studies students can take courses at the Webster Groves campus or the Gateway campus, with classrooms located right upstairs from the Missouri Court of Appeals.
  • Webster's global network provides unique international law opportunities, such as the popular 1- to 4-week summer study programs in Leiden, the Netherlands, which put students near the seat of international law at The Hague.


    NOTE: A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. The terms “legal assistant and “paralegal” are used interchangeably for the purposes of the guidelines. Paralegals are prohibited from practicing law. St. Louis area paralegal programs have been approved by the American Bar Association.

Program Director

Robin Jefferson HigginsRobin Jefferson Higgins, JD
Associate Professor
Webster Hall 315
(314) 246-8724
robinjefferson85@webster.edu

Department Coordinator

ThomasEileen Mcmanmon
Webster Hall 320
(314) 246-7068
(314) 246-6094 (fax)
eileenmcmanmon25@webster.edu