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… Read more

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.

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Loyola Law School Online
Los Angeles, USA

Join our online Master of Tax Law (MT), ranked the No. 3 online tax law program in the nation based on U.S. News & World Report's 2020 edition of "America's Best Graduate ... +

Join our online Master of Tax Law (MT), ranked the No. 3 online tax law program in the nation based on U.S. News & World Report's 2020 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." You'll expand your skillset beyond accounting, gain an in-depth understanding of tax law, and work with some of the nation's most acclaimed tax law professors. Designed for students without a law degree, this two-year program offers a supportive community, a rigorous curriculum, and hands-on learning opportunities. -
MLS
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
September 2020
Online
 
WU Executive Academy - Vienna University of Economics and Business
Leopoldstadt, Austria

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is an extra-occupational WU university course aimed at non-lawyers in active or potential leadership positions of companies and organizations ... +

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is an extra-occupational WU university course aimed at non-lawyers in active or potential leadership positions of companies and organizations in various industries and / or services. The participants acquire the legal knowledge required for a successful executive in the private sector as well as in the public sector and non-profit organizations. -
MLS
Online & Campus Combined
Part-time
15 months
German
October 2021
30 Jun 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Emory Law
Atlanta, USA

The Juris Master degree provides professionals foundational legal training specific to their fields of interest, helping them advance their careers. New online study formats a ... +

The Juris Master degree provides professionals foundational legal training specific to their fields of interest, helping them advance their careers. New online study formats are available in health care law and business law for August or January enrollment. -
MLS
Full-time
Part-time
9 months
January 2020
Campus
Online
 
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Bloomington, USA

The M.C.L. is a two-semester program that offers international students without a first degree in law but with legal experience or a strong interest to gain familiarity with A ... +

The M.C.L. is a two-semester program that offers international students without a first degree in law but with legal experience or a strong interest to gain familiarity with American law and legal institutions. -
MLS
Full-time
2 semesters
English
January 2020
Campus
 
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, Australia

This course gives non-law graduates an understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks of the fields in which they work.

This course gives non-law graduates an understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks of the fields in which they work. -
MLS
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
American University Washington College of Law
Washington, USA

American University’s online Master of Legal Studies program prepares students to apply legal concepts to their everyday role. The program can be completed in 15 months. No GR ... +

American University’s online Master of Legal Studies program prepares students to apply legal concepts to their everyday role. The program can be completed in 15 months. No GRE/LSAT required to apply. -
MLS
Full-time
15 months
English
September 2020
Online
 
Washington University School of Law
St. Louis, USA

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 s ... +

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. -
MLS
Full-time
English
September 2020
Online
 
European Institute of Public Administration EIPA
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Master in European Studies (MELS Online) is a 2-year program for professionals. This program offers a comprehensive understanding of European law using an innovative pedagogic ... +

Master in European Studies (MELS Online) is a 2-year program for professionals. This program offers a comprehensive understanding of European law using an innovative pedagogical methodology: face-to-face classes, organized for 4 weekends per semester, are combined with online and distance tutorials. The program is bilingual, English and French, although active knowledge is required only for one of these languages. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a Master's degree from the University of Lorraine. -
MLS
Online & Campus Combined
Part-time
2 years
English, French
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universitat de Lleida
Lleida, Spain

This master's degree - which has already reached its 10th edition - embodies a firm commitment to the comprehensive training of future professionals and researchers in the are ... +

This master's degree - which has already reached its 10th edition - embodies a firm commitment to the comprehensive training of future professionals and researchers in the area of the criminal justice system. It aims at transdisciplinary training in all the integrating disciplines that integrate criminal sciences. -
MLS
Part-time
English, Spanish, Catalan
September 2020
Campus
 
WU Executive Academy - Vienna University of Economics and Business
Leopoldstadt, Austria

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, ... +

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. -
MLS
Online & Campus Combined
Part-time
14 months
English
October 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online