Master of Arts in Legal Studies

The coursework in Legal Studies is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the legal environment in which individuals, businesses, and the judiciary operate. This major is designed for individuals (such as managers, teachers, government employees, and legal assistants) who would benefit professionally from additional legal knowledge.

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.

*Webster's MA in Legal Studies was recently mentioned in Paralegal Today as one of the few programs in the country for students wishing to further their knowledge of Paralegal Studies. Read the article. 

Graduate Program Director

Robin Jefferson Higgins Robin Jefferson Higgins
Director & Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor Robin Jefferson Higgins is our Director of Legal Studies. She earned her BA in Economics and a MA in Spanish from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University. She was previously employed at Lashly & Baer, P.C., where she practiced School Law, Administrative Law, and Employment Law.


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