Master of Arts in Legal Studies

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. Webster's MA in Legal Studies 

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.

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


Program Director

Robin Jefferson HigginsRobin Jefferson Higgins, JD
Associate Professor
Webster Hall 315
(314) 246-8724

Department Representative

ThomasEileen Thomas
Webster Hall 320
(314) 246-7068
(314) 246-6094 (fax)