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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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University of Technology Sydney

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 l ... [+]

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).... [-]

Australia Sydney
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January 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
Campus
Albany Law School

The law school offers a rigorous curriculum with a rich history of excellence. Master students will be joining a community of distinguished faculty, focused and determin ... [+]

The law school offers a rigorous curriculum with a rich history of excellence. Master students will be joining a community of distinguished faculty, focused and determined students, and a network of accomplished alumni that can provide mentorship, internships, and potential employment.

Concentrations:

Government Affairs and Advocacy Health Law & Healthcare Compliance Social Entrepreneurship Cybersecurity and Data Privacy -- All online

This online program provides working professionals, as well as traditional students, a flexible schedule to advance career goals in cybersecurity and data privacy.

Located in the heart of New York state’s capital, the law school has educated leaders since 1851. With 10,400 alumni practicing across the country, this powerful network provides a community of opportunity for its students. An affiliation agreement with University at Albany includes shared programs, and access for students and faculty to learn from one another.... [-]

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September 2019
Full-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Yeshiva University

Big Data has enormous potential to transform modern society. Organizations must ensure their data is utilized responsibly and with adequate privacy protections. ... [+]

Big Data has enormous potential to transform modern society. Organizations must ensure their data is utilized responsibly and with adequate privacy protections.

M.S.L. DEGREE IN DATA AND PRIVACY LAW

The proliferation of mobile devices and cloud computing have transformed how we communicate. As more business is conducted digitally organizations are increasingly susceptible to data breaches, hacking, and other misuses of data. Professionals who understand data production, storage, and transfer, and can manage changes in data privacy laws and regulations are in high demand in the U.S. and around the world. The Cardozo Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) in Data and Privacy Law responds to that need and addresses legal and policy issues and their compliance.... [-]

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1
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Online
The University of Law Postgraduate Programmes

Building on knowledge already gained from STEP Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advising, the MSc Law and Private Client Advice provides a master’s deg ... [+]

MSc Law and Private Client Advice

Building on knowledge already gained from STEP Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advising, the MSc Law and Private Client Advice provides a master’s degree with a strong focus on the development of skills and knowledge in the law and compliance field. The degree is designed to complement and extend students' Diploma studies, adding masters-level studies in relevant areas of law to areas of study covered in the Diploma. The programme provides the intellectual and practical underpinnings required to enhance an already-established career in the compliance field, as well as a rigorous approach to self-reflection and personal development.

Course Requirements ... [-]
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July 2019
Full-time
Part-time
5 years
Online
European Institute of Public Administration EIPA

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 tea ... [+]

Introduction to the programme

The European Centre for Judges and Lawyers - the Luxembourg Antenna of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) - is offering a two-year postgraduate programme leading to a Master’s degree in European Legal Studies. Since 2010, it is offered as a blended e-learning programme, combining face-to-face lectures, e-Learning sessions and distance learning.

This Master is a truly international study programme offered in partnership with Université de Lorraine in France. Participants who successfully conclude the programme are awarded a French Master degree: Master en études européennes - spécialité Droit de la construction européenne delivered by the University of Lorraine.... [-]

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1
September 2019
Part-time
2 years
Online & Campus Combined
Washington University School of Law

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 sk ... [+]

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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.... [-]

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1
September 2019
Full-time
Online
WU Executive Academy - Vienna University of Economics and Business

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 organiza ... [+]

Legal knowledge for executives

This post-graduate extra-occupational Master program lasts 15 months and offers you an attractive and challenging combination of science and practice. The focus of this legal training lies in the foundations of tax law, labor law, corporate law, civil law, as well as public commercial law and European law.

In the foreground, however, is not only the learning of these legal subjects, but also the training of legal thinking and the legal working methodology, so that you can quickly familiarize yourself with legal issues and legal issues and treat them critically and question.

Special attention to advice and contract design

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. In addition, analytical skills and social skills are taught. In the curriculum, after an introduction to the law and legal methodology, the legal specialization in the areas of tax law, labor law, corporate law, public commercial law and European law, civil law, real estate law and law enforcement.... [-]

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1
October 2019
Part-time
15 months
Online & Campus Combined
WU Executive Academy - Vienna University of Economics and Business

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, l ... [+]

Building bridges between the areas of law and business

With the Master of Legal Studies, which is taught in English, the WU Executive Academy offers a part-time program for current and potential executives without a law degree who work in a wide range of industries and/or the service sector. The Master of Legal Studies provides participants with the legal expertise that is required for executive success in the private, public and non-profit sectors in the European Union.

Target Group Executives who frequently have to deal with legal issues in their daily work Practitioners from law departments aiming to enrich their know-how in European Business law High potentials seeking to further develop profound knowledge in business law You benefit in many ways Get to know European Business Law by way of a comprehensive curriculum Ideal study conditions with a limited number of participants Benefit from our faculty of renowned professors and experienced practitioners Build up your comprehensive personal network by becoming a member of the WU Executive Academy alumni community Admission requirements First University degree (e.g. Bachelor) Minimum of 3 years relevant working experience Proficiency in English [-]
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1
November 2019
Part-time
14 months
Online & Campus Combined
American University Washington College of Law

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. ... [+]

The online Master of Legal Studies program from American University Washington College of Law is designed for non-lawyers who could benefit from fundamental legal training but do not want to become practicing attorneys. Through a curriculum that covers advanced legal concepts across various industries and an in-person immersion in Washington, D.C., students will be prepared to apply legal skills in their everyday role. The program can be completed in 15 months. No GRE/LSAT required to apply.

Earn a Master of Legal Studies Online From AU Complete in as few as 15 months No GRE/LSAT scores required to apply Ranked No. 6 Law School in International Law by U.S. News & World Report in 2018 Ranked No. 9 Law School in Intellectual Property Law by U.S. News & World Report in 2018 Four concentrations available: General MLS, Business, Health Care Compliance, and Technology In-person immersion experience in Washington, D.C. Bachelor's degree required [-]
USA Washington
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1
September 2019
Full-time
15 months
Online