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Understand the Legal Environment

From law and business to health care and government, there is an ever-present need for specialists who understand the legal system and can help navigate through it.

Coursework for the master's in Legal Studies 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, Webster University's master's degree 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. Many students earning an MA in Legal Studies also pursue a certificate in Paralegal Studies concurrently with their degree.

Special Requirements to maintain American Bar Association (ABA) approval:
Students must take at least 9 semester hours of required Legal Specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

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Choose Webster for Your Master's in Legal Studies

Learn from Practicing Professionals

Faculty who are practicing attorneys and judges mentor and enable you to take the most current legal knowledge and apply it at work, and understand the complex relationships among institutions in the United States and international governance. 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.

Benefit from Broad Faculty Backgrounds

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.

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Select Your Learning Modality

Legal Studies students can take courses in the classroom or online. BestColleges ranks Webster University as one of the best online master’s in Legal Studies programs in 2024. has selected Webster as one of the Best Master's in Legal Studies Programs for 2019.

Explore the World

Webster's global network provides unique study abroad 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.

What Can You Do With Your Legal Studies Degree?

Webster's master's in Legal Studies opens doors in several career paths, including opportunities in legal departments and law enforcement. Graduates can pursue jobs such as:

  • Law Librarian
  • Legal Assistant
  • Mediator
  • Court Reporter
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Private Investigator

Webster University is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Legal Studies paralegal programs at Webster University are approved by the American Bar Association. The program is also a member in good standing with the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).

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.

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