MA in Legal Institutions and Theories

Undergraduate students interested in the combined BA/MA in Legal Institutions and Theories program, click here.

The Department of Political Science's master’s degree program in Legal Institutions and Theories is specifically tailored toward students interested in law, political science, or legal academia. Built upon the strength of GW’s course offerings across the university, the Legal Institutions and Theories program allows students to examine the philosophical foundation of the law, the processes of judicial decision-making, the influence of public opinion on judicial decisions, the impact of the law on society, the institutional structures of the U.S. court system, and the diversity of legal institutions across the world. The majority of the coursework would be offered through the Department of Political Science.

If you are interested in learning more or in applying, please contact Brandon Bartels.


MA Requirements for Admission

GRE scores are not required, but are highly preferred.


Hours Required

30 credit hours (10 courses)


Required Interpretation Courses (must take both of these courses): (6 credit hours)

CODE   TITLE   INSTRUCTOR   SYLL  
PSC 6113 The Constitution: History and Ideas Olson  download
PSC 6114 Theories of Judicial Review Bartels  download

Required Institution Courses (must take ONE of these courses; you may take the remaining three as Elective Courses; 3 credit hours)

CODE TITLE   INSTRUCTOR   SYLL
PSC 8213 Judicial Politics Wahlbeck  download
PSC 8215 Law, Politics, and Society Bartels  download
PSC 8388 Constitution and Democracy Brown  download
PSC 6987 Legal Internship Bartels  download

Elective Courses (must take SEVEN of these courses; 21 credit hours). Note: Recall that additional courses that you take from the Required Institutions Courses list beyond the one required course will be counted as Elective Courses.

CODE   TITLE   INSTRUCTOR   SYLL  

PSC 2213

PSC 2214

PSC 2215

PSC 6330

PSC 6347

PSC 6349

PSC 6444

PSC 6987

PSC 6996

PSC 8105

PSC 8107

PSC 8210

PSC 8213

PSC 8215

Judicial Politics

US Constitutional Law and Politics I

US Constitutional Law and Politics II

Comparative Govt. and Politics I

U.S. Foreign Policy

International Security Politics

International Law

Legal Internship

Reading (Independent Study)

Readings in Political Theory

Modern Political Thought and Ideologies

American Institutions

Judicial Politics

Law, Politics, and Society

Wahlbeck

Staff

Wahlbeck

Staff

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Goldman

Staff

Staff

Staff

Maltzman

Wahlbeck

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PSC 8217 Executive Branch Politics Balla  download
PSC 8218 Legislative Politics Deering
Binder
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PSC 8219

PSC 8229

PSC 8388

Political Parties and Elections

Politics and Public Policy

Constitution and Democracy

Binder

Staff

Brown

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ECON 2190

Law and Economics Staff

 

EDUC 6236 School Law and Policy Staff  
EDUC 6560 Legal Problems in Higher Education Barber  

IAFF 6138

IAFF 6502

HIST 3370

HIST 6312

Conflict Analysis and Dev. Programming

Political Analysis

US Constitutional History

Law of Race and Slavery

Staff

Staff

Staff

Cottrol

 
HIST 6370 U.S. Legal History Cottrol  
LAW 6214 Constitutional Law I Staff download
PHIL 6242 Philosophy, Law and Social Reform Brand-Ballard  
PPPA 6075 Law and the Public Administrator Staff  
SOC 6261 Sociology of Law Cambliss, Buntman  
SOC 6263 Race and Crime Kurbin, Weitzer, Buntman  
WSTU 6266 Gender and Criminal Justice Kurbin, Cambliss, Weitzer, Buntman  
       
       

Students may take up to three of the following courses (9 credit hours): PSC 2213, PSC 2214, PSC
2215, and ECON 2190. Students must satisfy department prerequisites for the selected courses.

Anyone interested in pursuing this option should contact Brandon Bartels.