Juris Master American Legal Studies - master of legal studies online
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100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
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Increase Your Knowledge of Law and Your Value in the Workforce 

Are you in a job in which you regularly interact with lawyers? Perhaps you are involved in human resources or some other area of business in which you need to understand the laws that govern contracts. If you need a deeper understanding of the law but you don’t need to be a practicing attorney, then consider Liberty University’s law school 100% online Juris Master (J.M.) in American Legal Studies. This master of legal studies degree gives the flexibility you need to juggle life and school while still receiving a quality education.

The goal of our Juris Master in American Legal Studies is to build upon your current knowledge and skills in American law. There is a growing need for professionals familiar with the intricacies of American law. Due to America’s legal influence on institutions around the world, a master’s degree in legal studies will provide you with the ability to meet this need.

By studying the American legal system through our online Juris Master degree, you can learn the fundamental principles of constitutional law and gain a greater understanding of our system of government and the effect it has on global enterprises and institutions around the world. This Juris Master degree program can prepare you for a wide variety of professions that interact with the law.

Why Choose Liberty’s Juris Master Degree in American Legal Studies Online?

Liberty University’s professors in the School of Law are legal professionals with years of hands-on experience. Each professor will provide you with fresh insights and helpful tools to better understand advanced legal theory and practice. This online law degree equips you with knowledge of fundamental legal principles so you can tackle legal challenges in many industries and professional fields.

Liberty’s J.M. in American Legal Studies primarily focuses on equipping business professionals, church leaders, journalists, politicians, and missionaries who need to study law but do not need a Juris Doctor (J.D.) to practice law. If you need advanced legal expertise in American law and policy for your career, Liberty’s online Juris Master in American Legal Studies will give you the training you need!

What Will You Learn in Our Juris Master’s Degree in American Legal Studies?

As one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in the nation and the largest university in Virginia, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to take your educational experience to the next level. One of the most fundamental skills you can learn during your Juris Master degree in American Legal Studies is how to perform effective legal writing and analysis. 

Without the ability to develop research methods, strategies, and statistical analysis, it is impossible to produce top-notch reports and data compilations that are used in formal legal analysis and communication. Students will explore torts and property law from a Judeo-Christian, ethical worldview. Each of these segments of law comes with its own multi-dimensional issues and particulars which you can come to master upon completion of your online legal studies degree.

Because this Juris Master degree online is for a wide variety of working professionals, there is a wide range of legal topics that need to be covered. You may do anything from giving legal advice to your company to helping law enforcement gain a conviction. Learning the basis of contracts and the principles that control the formation, modification, and enforceability of them is a vital area of study. A thorough grounding in criminal law concepts and principles is also essential to your legal education.

Our Juris Master in American Legal Studies professors will teach you not only the fundamentals of constitutional law but also jurisprudence and legal history. Acquiring this knowledge in our legal studies major helps provide a platform on which to build your newly found skills in legal communication, various forms of law, and its relation to economic factors. Each course is meant to give you the theoretical and practical knowledge that you can take with you in your career.

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Juris Master Degree in American Legal Studies Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online J.M. degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • Your in-depth legal knowledge will increase your marketability and value in a wide variety of professions.
  • You can complete the Juris Master in American Legal Studies degree program in 1 year!

    Juris Master in American Legal Studies Online Degree Information

    This is not an accredited degree by the American Bar Association and will not allow you to sit for the bar exam or practice law in the United States.

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    Military Benefits for the Juris Master Degree

    Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

    As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

    • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
    • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

    Potential Juris Master Related Career Options

    After completion of your Juris Master degree in American legal studies, you will have the opportunity to enter the workforce in a variety of career fields. Understanding American law is a necessity for those who wish to serve in a government leadership position, for example. America’s legal system is complex and in need of critical care from leaders with strong moral values. We need passionate Christians who have a heart for America and are seeking to secure the future for upcoming generations.

    Some of the positions you can pursue with a J.M. in American Legal Studies include:

    • Compliance officer
    • Corporate executive
    • Human resource manager
    • Legal educator
    • Local politician
    • Mission organization leader
    • Office administrator

    Juris Master Online Degree Program Admission Requirements

    Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or above for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information. 

    All applicants must submit the following:

    • Admission application
    • Application fee*
    • Professional vita/résumé
    • Official college transcripts
    • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
    • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

    *There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

    **An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.