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Legal Studies
Associate of Arts

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With the associate’s specialized curriculum area in legal studies, you’ll gain introductory-level knowledge and techniques that can help prepare you to work in a legal environment or earn a bachelor’s degree in legal studies at University of Maryland Global Campus.

Program Highlights
  • Take core courses: Study interpersonal communication, writing, literature, news writing, or speech.
  • Build knowledge: Study the U.S. legal system and its many roles and responsibilities.
  • Advance your skills: Learn the principles of writing clearly and effectively in the legal environment.
  • Strengthen basic skills: Hone techniques in time management, interviewing, problem solving, decision making, and collaboration.
  • Explore research: Explore common research methods used to locate primary and secondary authority.
  • Apply what you learn: Identify ethical problems and draft writings that apply ethical rules and interpretations.
Required Courses
  • One 3-credit course in communication, writing, or speech, chosen from the following:

    • (3 Credits, ENGL 102)

    • (3 Credits, ENGL 281)

    • (3 Credits, JOUR 201)
    • Any 3-credit COMM or SPCH courses
    • Any 3-credit WRTG courses (except 486A and 486B)
  • One 1-credit course, chosen from the following:

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198A)

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198B)

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198C)

    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121A)

    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121B)
    • Any 1-credit course

  • (3 Credits, LGST 101)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 200)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 201)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 204)
  • 6 credits of LGST courses
  • 3 credits of elective coursework; we recommend you take courses that are applicable to the bachelor’s degree in legal studies
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for careers in the legal workforce, such as advocacy, legal research and writing, and case law review.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
60
Transfer Credits
Up to 45
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
Tuition Per Credit
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program is only available to a limited audience, including non-Maryland residents, military servicemembers, and veterans.

State-Specific Details

This program is not available to Maryland residents.

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Legal Studies
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


The online bachelor’s degree in legal studies at University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to provide you with a background in contemporary American civil and criminal law, legal systems and institutions, and legal theory and practice. In this major, you’ll be able to develop knowledge and skills for the legal workplace, including fact identification and analysis, legal research and writing, and field-related digital competence.

Program Highlights
  • Study legal systems: Distinguish the major components of the American civil and criminal legal systems.
  • Utilize legal resources: Research standard and internet-based legal resources to identify legal authority.
  • Employ critical thinking: Review a current case or statutory law and produce a case study.
  • Develop legal documents: Develop legal documents that incorporate critical thinking and legal reasoning.
  • Examine laws: Review the elements of a statute and assess its application to a set of facts.
  • Analyze information: Analyze relevant legal concepts, authorities, regulations, and ethical codes.
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, LGST 101)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 200)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 201)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 204)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 301)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 312)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 315)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 320)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 325)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 340)

  • (3 Credits, LGST 495)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for law school or for a career researching and producing legal information and documents. This degree may meet the requirements to work in a professional support position in legal advocacy, legal research, legal writing, and legal case review/support.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have professional experience in a law firm or court.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $312 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


With the online associate’s specialized curriculum area in criminal justice, you can acquire knowledge in the three areas that make up the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and justice systems, and corrections. Take a variety of courses that may be applied to a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Program Highlights
  • Take core courses: Study interpersonal communication, writing, literature, news writing, or speech.
  • Build your skills: Acquire knowledge in law enforcement, courts and justice systems, and corrections.
  • Apply principles: Apply the principles of criminal bodies of law: substantive, procedural, and evidentiary.
  • Strengthen basic skills: Hone techniques in time management, interviewing, problem solving, decision making, and collaboration.
  • Investigate policies: Utilize ethical reasoning, analytical skills, and professional knowledge to investigate policies.
  • Analyze policies: Evaluate criminal justice public policies using analytical competencies.
Required Courses
  • One 3-credit course in communication, writing, or speech, chosen from the following:

    • (3 Credits, ENGL 102)

    • (3 Credits, ENGL 281)

    • (3 Credits, JOUR 201)
    • Any 3-credit COMM or SPCH courses
    • Any 3-credit WRTG courses (except 486A and 486B)
  • One 1-credit course, chosen from the following:

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198A)

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198B)

    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198C)

    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121A)

    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121B)
    • Any 1-credit course
  • 12 credits of CCJS courses
  • 9 credits of elective coursework; we recommend you take courses that are applicable to the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a supervisory position in law enforcement or meet the degree requirement for federal law enforcement requiring an associate's degree. Program content is applicable to numerous criminal justice positions in the public and private sectors.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
60
Transfer Credits
Up to 45
Format
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
Tuition Per Credit
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program is only available to a limited audience, including non-Maryland residents, military servicemembers, and veterans.

State-Specific Details

This program is not available to Maryland residents.

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