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Legal Studies (MLS) - Online

The Master of Legal Studies program (part of the Division of Public Administration) is designed to build greater public understanding of law and the legal system, to provide graduates with the ability to apply knowledge and skill gained to performing their jobs more effectively and/or pursue further career opportunities and to provide private and public sector organizations the benefit of enhanced expertise of their employees. The program is a graduate program of study designed for professional practicing in areas such as human relations, criminal and juvenile justice, journalism, regulatory agencies, court/justice administration, business and other professionals who work with – though not necessarily in – the legal system. This is neither a “pre-law” program nor a paralegal program. The program does not prepare students to practice law.

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Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 2 Letters of recommendation

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Undergraduate degree, 2.75 GPA

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

May 15

Spring Priority

November 15

Summer Priority

​April 15

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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