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administrative contact

Carla J. See
Program Coordinator
Legal Studies
phone: 304-293-7977
fax: 304-293-8814

program contact

Nancy Adams
phone: 304-293-2614
fax: 304-293-8814

Program Details

Program Description

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 professional 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.

Delivery Methods Available

  • online

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Test Requirements: GRE, LSAT, or GMAT
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

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. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

Reference writers should be persons who are able to write directly to the applicant’s ability to think critically; analyze situations, information, or data; to write clearly; and to apply one’s self in an academic program of study. At least one letter should be from an academic reference, if possible.

Prospective students who have five years or more of work experience in a field related to legal studies may petition to have the standardized test requirement waived.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Priority: Sunday, May 1, 2016
  • Fall Deadline: Sunday, May 1, 2016
  • Spring Priority: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • Spring Deadline: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
  • Summer Priority: Do Not Admit
  • Summer Deadline: Do Not Admit


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