Master’s Degree: Curriculum Requirements
To earn a Master’s of Arts Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) a student must successfully complete all 36 hours of required core courses and electives and, if necessary, the 4 hour preliminary course and the 3 hour prerequisite course.
Prerequisite Course (3 Credit Hours)*
LES 202: Introduction to the American Legal System (3 hours)
Preliminary Courses (7 Credit Hours)*
LES 401: Legal Research and Citation (4 hours)
* These courses may be waived for students who have already completed approved equivalents.
Core Courses (20 Credit Hours)
LES 501: Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies (4 hours)
LES 512: Theories of Justice (4 hours)
LES 513: Seminar in Politics and Law or LES 519: Seminar in Courts and Policymaking (4 hours)
LES 587: Public Advocacy (4 hours)
LES 504: Graduate Seminar or LES: 590 Thesis (4 hours)
Electives (16 Credit Hours)
The focus for the degree is conducted through four elective courses (with a minimum of two courses being LES prefixed electives). Students may focus in a particular area of law or legal policy, and they may create their own focus from the resources of the Department, College, or University. Suggested areas of focus include: Law and Public Policy, Human Rights and Social Justice, Criminal Justice, or Regulatory Compliance. Students enrolled in the UIS Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) may count the GPSI Seminar course towards their non-LES electives. Similarly, students enrolled in the Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program (ILSIP) may count the ILSIP: Academic Seminar towards their non-LES electives.
Online students can complete all of their required coursework, as well as their prerequisite and preliminary courses, 100% online. At this time the core courses are only offered online; therefore, on campus students must also take their core courses online.