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Dept. of History, Philosophy, International Studies & Legal Studies
Dr. James Masterson, Interim Department Chair
Diane Lawson,
Academic Departmental Specialist
354 Rader Hall
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2655
Fax: 606-783-5096

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Legal Studies

The bachelor of arts degree in Legal Studies will equip you with the appropriate applied and theoretical knowledge of law to successfully assist lawyers in providing legal services to clients. A minor in legal studies is also available.

Students who earn a degree from our program are prepared to immediately enter the work force upon graduation. Our graduates pursue careers in:

  • Law offices
  • Courts
  • Government (local, state and federal)
  • Non-profits
  • Corporations (hospitals, insurance companies, corporate risk assessment departments and trust and collection departments of banks and businesses)

Earning your degree in legal studies will also prepare you for entrance into graduate and law schools. We offer pre-law advising to help you prepare successful law school applications.

  • Legal Studies students at MSU’s have an average acceptance rate of 76 to 79% for law school.  The national average acceptance rate is between 67- 69%. 

Preparing You for Success

All legal studies professors at MSU are licensed practicing attorneys who have supervised paralegals in their law practices.  Attorney-professors are accessible inside and outside the classroom and will ensure you have face-to-face opportunities to work with actual clients.

Get to know your future professors by viewing their faculty profiles.

Our program was ranked 9th by in their article, "The 25 Best Bachelor in Legal Studies Degree Programs." selected our program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths and reputation. Read more.

Getting Involved

You will gain hands on experience and contribute to a variety of community projects including staffing pro se divorce clinics, wills clinics, prescription drug program enrollment for seniors and working with elementary, middle, and high school students to conduct mock trials. You will also have the opportunity to work with law offices, judges, public defenders, county attorneys and non-profit legal services offices as part of our internship program.

You will also have opportunities to network with career professionals through your involvement in student organizations like Alpha Lambda Pi.

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Schedule a campus visit and apply to MSU today.

Learn more about our legal studies program

“The history program at MSU is analytical and has given me the writing skills and tools I need to be competitive for internships and graduate school. Faculty members have always been supportive and have motivated me to expand my knowledge and experience. This summer I will be interning at the Alice Paul Institute outside of Philadelphia, where I will be working in archival studies along side authors and collaborating with curators across the state.  I am thankful the history program at MSU has prepared me for such opportunities.”

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