A Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is a higher level law degree aimed at professionals who want to enhance their legal expertise. MLS degrees are also known as Master of Studies in Law (MSL), Master of Science of Law, or Juris Master (JM) degrees. MLS degrees are offered by some law schools and are now frequently offered online and through distance-learning programs.
The purpose of an MLS is to confer legal expertise on students or professionals who do not intend to practice law. They can also be used by PhD students whose disciplines have a legal concentration or to certify professionals who work closely with laws and regulation. The extent, concentration and framework of an MLS degree are dictated by the institution awarding the degree. Prospective students will find MLS degrees offered in a variety of specialties including regulations, management, journalism and even bioethics.
While MLS degrees do not give graduates the qualifications to practice law, they provide a comprehensive foundation in and understanding of law and regulations. Most MLS degrees can be completed in one year, and are often available as part-time or online programs. Students who complete an MLS generally conduct interdisciplinary research related to the area of law or profession of their preference. You will often find that MLS degrees are offered jointly between the School of Law and the department related to the degree’s specialty.
If you are a professional who works closely with laws and regulation or a PhD student who wants to have a deeper understanding of the laws related to your research, completing an MLS is an excellent way to gain expertise.
You can find MLS programs listed below. Read more about each program by clicking on ‘Read More’ and then use the form on the page to contact directly the admissions office.
The online Master of Legal Studies program from Pepperdine University School of Law teaches professionals from a variety of fields the fundamental legal skills they need to better execute their law-related responsibilities. Through a combination of live online classes, weekly self-paced course work, and in-person residencies, students learn to analyze legal concepts to make more informed decisions and enhance their professional credibility. No GRE or LSAT scores are required to apply. [+]
The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree from Washington University School of Law offers an in-depth perspective of the U.S. legal system and develops practical skill sets used by attorneys – debate, analytical thinking, legal writing, and more. [+]
The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree is for US Citizens
The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree from Washington University School of Law offers an in-depth perspective of the U.S. legal system and develops practical skill sets used by attorneys – debate, analytical thinking, legal writing, and more. Designed for non-lawyers, the degree provides students with the legal acumen needed to advance their careers in a wide variety of professions – from business to health care. Delivered entirely online through @WashULaw, the program blends live, face-to-face classes with self-paced coursework that is designed and taught by Washington University School of Law faculty. Graduates of the online Master of Legal Studies program receive the same degree as on-campus candidates, participate in graduation, and join the global Washington University School of Law alumni network. ... [-]
The Master of Legal Studies in European Business Law provides you with the skills needed to communicate, manage, and lead more effectively across the combined business, legal, and regulatory specialties. [+]
The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is an extra-occupational university course of WU, which is addressed to non-lawyers in active or potential management positions of companies and organizations in different industries and / or services. Participants acquire thereby the legal knowledge required for a successful executive in both the private sector and in the public economy and non-profit organization. [+]
The "Master of Legal Studies" (abbreviated "MLS") is a part-time university course conceived WU which is aimed at non-lawyers in active or potential leadership of organizations in different industries and / or services.
Participants will learn the necessary legal content, analytical skills, and social skills that bring such tasks with it conveys. After an introduction to the law and legal methodology legal gravity training takes place both in the areas of civil law, corporate law and real estate law, labor law and law enforcement, and public economic law and European law, and finally to the Tax Code. Particular attention is paid to issues of consulting and contracting. Is supplemented by legal training courses in the fields of management and control, and communications and information technology.... [-]
The MLS allows cross-disciplinary study of postgraduate courses from other University of Auckland faculties, enabling you to advance your professional skills while acquiring knowledge of the law. [+]
Suited to professionals from non-legal backgrounds who require some knowledge of legal matters. Professionals who will particularly benefit include accountants and auditors, architects and town planners, business development managers, compliance managers, engineers, IT professionals, police and public sector staff.
This programme has a similar structure to the Master of Laws and offers six specialisations: Corporate and Commercial Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Public Law.
The MLS allows cross-disciplinary study of postgraduate courses from other University of Auckland faculties, enabling you to advance your professional skills while acquiring knowledge of the law.... [-]
Master of European Legal Studies – MELS Online is a 2-year programme for professionals that provides a comprehensive understanding of European law using an innovative teaching methodology: face-to-face lectures delivered over selected weekends in Luxembourg are combined with online tutorials and distance learning. The programme is bilingual, English & French, although active knowledge is required only for one of these languages. Participants who successfully complete this programme are awarded a French master degree by the Université de Lorraine. [+]
The master program European Legal Studies and International Economic Law brings together different approaches to law and jurisdiction which is ensured by combining contributions of St. Petersburg University and University of Hamburg, as well as lawyers from Germany and Russia. [+]
The UTS: Law Legal Studies program meets the growing market need for non-law graduates working in the public and private sectors to have a thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory framework in which they operate. This includes an understanding of foundational legal concepts such as contract law and tort law, methods of legal research and theory, as well as the opportunity to develop expertise in specialist legal areas such as compliance and intellectual property law. [+]
The Master of Legal Studies attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds interested in expanding their skills to include an understanding of the legal framework, including professionals from the insurance, human resources, banking and finance industries, managers and administrators, and HSC legal studies teachers.
The program particularly benefits accountants and auditors, business development managers, compliance managers, engineers and architects, financial advisers and planners, IT professionals, law enforcement officers, paralegals, policy officers in the public, private and non-profit sectors, property developers, and public sector managers and administrators (especially those who work in Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the Attorney-General's Department and Treasury).... [-]