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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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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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA St. Louis
September 2019
Full-time
Online
Loyola Law School Online

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 Grad ... [+]

Join our online Master of Tax Law, ranked the No. 3 online tax law program in the nation based on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings.

You'll expand your skillset beyond accounting, gain an in-depth understanding of tax law and work directly with devoted faculty, including some of the nation's most acclaimed tax law professors.

This selective program makes rigorous tax law training available to students without a law degree. Benefit from a supportive community and hands-on learning opportunities—and graduate in as few as two years.

Fast Facts 100% online 24 total units Just 2 years to complete $44,400 estimated tuition Program Highlights Nationally Recognized Faculty. Our faculty includes some of the most academically respected tax professors in the U.S. Practical Tax Planning Skills. Learn to solve problems, research tax law, carefully read statutes and primary sources, and more. High Success Rate. 90% of Graduate Tax Program students find tax-related positions within nine months of graduating. Two Areas of Emphasis. Choose from Business Tax Planning and High Net Worth/Private Client. Career Outlook ... [-]
USA Los Angeles
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Online
Emory Law

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

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.

Legal Training for Non-Lawyers

Emory Law’s Juris Master Program, a 30-credit-hour master’s degree in law, is designed to help non-lawyers enhance their knowledge of the law and advance their careers. The juris master can help seasoned professionals or college students broaden their impact in their chosen field.

On-Campus Study

Emory Law’s on-campus course of study can be completed full-time in nine months or part-time in up to four years. A wide range of concentrations are available or the program can be customized to a student’s specific interests.... [-]

USA Atlanta
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
9 - 48 months
Campus
Online
Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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 w ... [+]

Master of Comparative Law (MCL)

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. Degree requirements:

Complete at least 20 hours of course credit; Complete one academic year in residence in the Law School; Complete B504 Introduction to American Law for 2 credits and B530 Legal Discourse and Writing for 2 credits; Carry no fewer than 8 hours of course credit per semester; Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0; and Complete the degree requirements in no more than three consecutive semesters. Admission Application priority dates ... [-]
USA Bloomington
January 2020
Full-time
2 semesters
Campus
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.... [-]

Luxembourg Luxembourg City
September 2019
Part-time
2 years
Online & Campus Combined
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.... [-]

Austria Launceston
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German
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 ... [-]
Austria Launceston
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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
September 2019
Full-time
15 months
Online