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 Eric Grynaviski, Director of Graduate Studies.

Please note that we are no longer accepting new students into this program as of Summer 2018.


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

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PSC 6114

Theories of Judicial Review

Bartels

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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

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PSC 8215

Law, Politics, and Society

Bartels

 download

PSC 8388

Constitution and Democracy

Brown

 download

PSC 6987

Legal Internship

Bartels

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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

Staff

Staff

Staff

Goldman

Staff

Staff

Staff

Maltzman

Wahlbeck

Bartels

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PSC 8217

Executive Branch Politics

Balla

 download

PSC 8218

Legislative Politics

Deering
Binder


 download

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

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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

 

WSGG 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.