The Department of Public Administration of the West Virginia University (WVU) is offering a new online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program with the aim of meeting the dynamic needs of practitioners in the fields of homeland security, justice system and healthcare.
The new MLS program is comprised of 30 credit hours and will begin in the fall of 2018. It can be completed entirely online in as little as 18 months. It is a Master's degree suitable for professionals with careers in the civil and criminal justice systems, and those currently working with attorneys. It is also an ideal degree for those within the federal and state agencies as the program explores regulations, policies and the law. Through this MLS program, they can advance in their careers.
Besides the new MLS, WVU also offers other Master's degree programs under its College of Law:
- LLM in Energy and Sustainable Development Law (online and on-campus)
- LLM in Forensic Justice (online and on-campus)
- Joint LLM/JD in Energy and Sustainable Development
The MLS program has been offered to students since 1999 but only as a face-to-face degree in Charleston, West Virginia. With the new online platform, interested students will be afforded greater flexibility in acquiring advanced legal education while continuing their careers. It is an accessible program with small classes and flexible curriculum. Graduates of the program may pursue careers in court administration, mediation, arbitration and compliance management. Applicants need not have a prior law degree to be admitted.