Curriculum: The Legal Studies Master's Degree consists of 36 credit hours; however, a student must also meet the preliminary course requirement (LES 401: Legal Research and Citation - 4 credit hours) or its equivalent.
Preliminary Course (4 credit hours)
- LES 401: Legal Research and Citation (4 credit hours)
Core Courses (20 hours total)
- LES 501: Seminar in Graduate Legal Studies (4 credit hours)
- LES 512: Theories of Justice (4 credit hours)
- LES 513: Seminar in Politics and Law (4 credit hours) OR LES 519 Seminar in Courts and Policy Making
- LES 587: Public Advocacy (4 credit hours)
- LES 504: Graduate Capstone Seminar (4 credit hours) OR LES 590 Thesis (4 - 8 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.