Legal Studies


What is Legal Studies?

The legal studies program’s mission is to provide students with the opportunity to study law at the graduate level and receive practical, paralegal training in state-of-the-art facilities. 

Students in the legal studies program can enroll concurrently in the paralegal studies certificate program, an overlapping 24-credit-hour program providing entry-level paralegal training. While both programs are approved by the American Bar Association, they do not qualify an individual to practice law.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities in law, government, or business, enhance career mobility in law-related fields and establish groundwork for further graduate work in law or related fields. The majority of program graduates work as paralegals in law firms. Others work as paralegals or in other law-related capacities in government and corporate offices or continue graduate study in law school or in a Ph.D. program.

Skills a degree in legal studies can give you:

  • analytical and conceptual thinking
  • legal research and writing
  • legal theories
  • substantive areas of law
  • paralegal training

Why Choose Texas State?

Texas State’s master of arts in legal studies was the first degree of its kind in Texas and one of only a few in the United States, providing students interested in law at the graduate level with an understanding of the American legal system, theories, analysis, research and writing.