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Legal Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Gregory (Lynn) Crossett
lc25@txstate.edu
512.245.2233
UAC, Room 355

Advisor Support
Jo Korthals
jk37@txstate.edu
512.245.2233
UAC, Room 355

Department of Political Science
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Texas State’s master of arts in legal studies was the first degree of its kind in Texas and one of only a few in the United States. The program provides students interested in law at the graduate level with an understanding of the American legal system, theories, analysis, research and writing.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Texas State Certificate
The Department of Political Science also offers a Texas State Certificate in paralegal studies only in conjunction with the legal studies master's program. If you would like to pursue both programs, choose the "Legal Studies (M.A. with Paralegal Certificate)" option when you select your major in ApplyTexas. An additional $10 certificate fee will be required.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 15 February 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $10 nonrefundable certificate fee (if applicable)
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  If your last-60-hours GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, additional documents are required. Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

Documents & Other Requirements

  • interview with the legal studies graduate advisor

  If your last-60-hours GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, additional documents are required. Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  GPA and Additional Requirements
If your last-60-hours GPA falls between 2.5 and 3.0, please submit the following items in order to be considered for conditional admission*:

  • personal statement explaining any special circumstances which would otherwise qualify you for admission to the program
  • two letters of recommendation from persons who could comment upon your ability to perform in the requested area of study

*Conditional admission is not available to applicants who require "F" or "J" visas.