Law and Governance (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.
THE MA PROGRAM IS NOT APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF PARALEGALS OR LEGAL ASSISTANTS. THOSE INTERESTED IN PARALEGAL STUDIES, LEGAL ASSISTANT STUDIES AND PARALEGAL CERTIFICATION SHOULD CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STUDIES FOR INFORMATION.
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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
|LAWS 500||United States Legal System 1||3|
|LAWS 503||Research Methods and Analysis||3|
|LAWS 513||Ethical and Professional Issues in the Legal Environment||3|
|Electives and Culminating Experience|
|Select 24-27 credits from the list (see below)||24-27|
|Select one of the following options:||0-3|
Submit completed Thesis original & 1 copy to Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.
In the term that you will sit for exam, register for the section which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.
LAWS 500 may be substituted with an approved elective by the Graduate Advisor.
|LAWS 512||Statutory and Regulatory Analysis||3|
|LAWS 520||Private Civil Responsibility: Contracts and Torts||3|
|LAWS 531||Administrative Law||3|
|LAWS 537||Entertainment Law||3|
|LAWS 538||Trademark Law||3|
|LAWS 547||Intellectual Property: Copyright, Licensing, and Advertising||3|
|LAWS 551||Negotiation Theory and Practice||3|
|LAWS 552||Mediation Theory and Practice||3|
|LAWS 553||Arbitration and Other Alternative Adjudicative Processes||3|
|LAWS 554||Conflict Management and Peer Mediation in Schools||3|
|LAWS 555||Family Mediation||3|
|LAWS 556||Dispute Resolution in the Workplace||3|
|LAWS 557||Law Office Financial Management||3|
|LAWS 558||Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution||3|
|LAWS 559||Advanced Conflict Management||3|
|LAWS 560||Bullying Prevention||3|
|LAWS 572||Legal Information Management||3|
|LAWS 573||Seminar in Law and Literature||3|
|LAWS 574||Human Rights Law||3|
|LAWS 577||International Law and Transnational Legal Issues||3|
|LAWS 578||Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management||3|
|LAWS 579||Private Sector Compliance With Public Regulations||3|
|LAWS 580||Field Experience in Law and Governance||3|
|LAWS 581||Cooperative Education in Law and Governance||4|
|LAWS 588||Independent Study in Law and Governance||1-4|
|LAWS 590||Environmental Law and Policy||3|
|LAWS 599||Selected Topics in Law and Governance||3|
|POLS 524||The Third World in the International System||3|
|POLS 525||International Relations||3|
|POLS 526||The International Political Economy||3|
|POLS 531||Globalization and Security||3|
|POLS 532||U.S.Immigration: Law and Politics||3|
|POLS 560||Politics of Terrorism||3|