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.

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)

  • PSC 6113 The Constitution: History and Ideas
  • PSC 6114 Theories of Judicial Review

Required Institution Courses

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

  • PSC 8213 Judicial Politics
  • PSC 8215 Law, Politics, and Society
  • PSC 8388 Constitution and Democracy
  • PSC 6987 Legal Internship
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