Law and Governance, Conflict Management and Peace Studies Concentration (M.A.)

Graduate Director and Contact Person: Dr. Daniel Herman

The Master of Arts in Law and Governance offers a program of study for students seeking advanced preparation in this field. It provides academic opportunities leading to career enhancement for legal professionals. The degree offerings are on the cutting edge of specialty areas such as conflict management, human resource management, private sector compliance, law office management, legal information management, trademark law, ethics, and professional responsibility.

Law and Governance provides graduate instruction through a broad range of topics which develop the student's critical understanding of law. Graduate offerings are designed:

  • To enhance professional development in law-related fields.
  • To advance the study of law within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.
  • To provide a more advanced level of legal knowledge in areas such as governance, compliance and human resources.
  • To prepare for the technologically sophisticated legal environment of the twenty-first century.
  • To develop theoretical and practical knowledge of advocacy and dispute resolution.
  • To develop advanced research and writing abilities.
  • To enhance analytical and critical thinking skills essential to the legal field.


Students may choose the general program without a concentration or they may choose from four available concentrations:

  • Conflict Management and Peace Studies
  • Governance, Compliance and Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Management

In the general program, students have the opportunity to enroll in courses from all four concentrations.

The programs of the Master of Arts in Law and Governance incorporate education in the liberal arts with sound preparation for law-related professions. Many career alternatives are possible for graduates in government, the corporate sector and private arenas. Graduate course work in Law and Governance serves the needs of a broad range of professionals including:

  • Human resources personnel;
  • supervisors;
  • claims managers;
  • compliance officers;
  • affirmative action officers;
  • contract managers;
  • government administrators and officials at the federal, state, county and local levels;
  • public and nonprofit administrators;
  • investigators;
  • criminal justice professionals;
  • legal advocates for victims of domestic violence, the disadvantaged and the physically and mentally challenged;
  • primary and secondary school teachers desiring education in law or conflict resolution/peer mediation;
  • consultants;
  • newspaper reporters;
  • practitioners in the field of conflict management; and
  • professionals who utilize dispute resolution in various forums, such as labor, insurance and financial markets.


Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and meet the university's minimum requirements for the Graduate Records Examination. In addition, candidates for admission to the M.A. in Law and Governance must meet the following university and department requirements: minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for their undergraduate work.

Candidates with marginal credentials may be accorded deferred matriculation status and permitted to enroll in a maximum of two graduate courses in the program. If they attain a combined minimum grade point average of 3.0 in two Law and Governance graduate courses and meet the other matriculation requirements, they may apply for full matriculation status in the program.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
LAWS 500United States Legal System 13
LAWS 503Research Methods and Analysis3
LAWS 513Ethical and Professional Issues in the Legal Environment3
Concentration Courses
LAWS 551Negotiation Theory and Practice3
LAWS 552Mediation Theory and Practice3
LAWS 553Arbitration and Other Alternative Adjudicative Processes3
Select three of the following:9
Conflict Management and Peer Mediation in Schools
Family Mediation
Dispute Resolution in the Workplace
Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution
Advanced Conflict Management
Bullying Prevention
Human Rights Law
International Law and Transnational Legal Issues
International Relations
The International Political Economy
Globalization and Security
Politics of Terrorism
Electives and Culminating Experience
Departmental Electives
Select 6-9 credits from the list (see below)6-9
Culminating Experience
Select one of the following options:0-3
Thesis Option
Submit completed Thesis original & 1 copy to Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.
Master's Thesis
Comprehensive Examination
In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.
Comprehensive Examination
Total Credits36

LAWS 500 may be substituted with an approved elective by the Graduate Advisor.

Departmental Electives

LAWS 512Statutory and Regulatory Analysis3
LAWS 520Private Civil Responsibility: Contracts and Torts3
LAWS 525Jurisprudence3
LAWS 531Administrative Law3
LAWS 537Entertainment Law3
LAWS 538Trademark Law3
LAWS 545Cyberlaw3
LAWS 547Intellectual Property: Copyright, Licensing, and Advertising3
LAWS 550Law Office Management and Technology3
LAWS 554Conflict Management and Peer Mediation in Schools3
LAWS 555Family Mediation3
LAWS 556Dispute Resolution in the Workplace3
LAWS 557Law Office Financial Management3
LAWS 558Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution3
LAWS 559Advanced Conflict Management3
LAWS 560Bullying Prevention3
LAWS 572Legal Information Management3
LAWS 573Seminar in Law and Literature3
LAWS 574Human Rights Law3
LAWS 577International Law and Transnational Legal Issues3
LAWS 578Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management3
LAWS 579Private Sector Compliance With Public Regulations3
LAWS 580Field Experience in Law and Governance3
LAWS 581Cooperative Education in Law and Governance4
LAWS 588Independent Study in Law and Governance1-4
LAWS 590Environmental Law and Policy3
LAWS 599Selected Topics in Law and Governance3
POLS 502Modern Political Analysis3
POLS 523Politics of Developing Areas3
POLS 524The Third World in the International System3
POLS 525International Relations3
POLS 526The International Political Economy3
POLS 531Globalization and Security3
POLS 532U.S.Immigration: Law and Politics3
POLS 560Politics of Terrorism3