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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… 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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Penn State Dickinson Law
Carlisle, USA

The Master of Legal Studies (“M.L.S.”) degree is a 30-credit, graduate-level academic degree designed to help non-lawyers to enhance their professional knowledge by providing ... +

The Master of Legal Studies (“M.L.S.”) degree is a 30-credit, graduate-level academic degree designed to help non-lawyers to enhance their professional knowledge by providing them with a solid foundation in the law. This program will acquaint students with the general structure of the U.S. legal system and will allow them to focus on one or more specific aspects of law as it relates to their professional interests and goals. Professionals who work in or are seeking to enter fields such as finance, education, health care, social work, real estate, regulatory compliance, law enforcement, or government will see tremendous value in gaining foundational or specialized knowledge of laws and legal systems relevant to them. -
MLS
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
George Washington University - College of Professional Studies
Alexandria, USA

As Washington D.C.’s only academic-credit bearing paralegal studies program, the master’s degree in Paralegal Studies is more than a powerful credential: it’s a signal to the ... +

As Washington D.C.’s only academic-credit bearing paralegal studies program, the master’s degree in Paralegal Studies is more than a powerful credential: it’s a signal to the best employers that you withstood the academic rigor of one of the nation’s best paralegal programs. -
MLS
Full-time
14 months
English
Campus
Online
 
Hodges University
Fort Myers, USA

The JM is designed for non-lawyers and is intended to provide professionals with the practical legal skills they need in for-profit and non-profit landscapes, both locally and ... +

The JM is designed for non-lawyers and is intended to provide professionals with the practical legal skills they need in for-profit and non-profit landscapes, both locally and globally. -
MLS
Full-time
Part-time
10 months
English
Online
 

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UNIR - Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico

The Master's Degree will provide you with the necessary knowledge to learn the latest in oral litigation techniques; as well as applying the legal framework in each of the sta ... +

The Master's Degree will provide you with the necessary knowledge to learn the latest in oral litigation techniques; as well as applying the legal framework in each of the stages that make up oral trials. You will learn to analyze, design and implement the processes and methodologies of the new accusatory criminal justice system and the new oral processes in commercial matters. -
MLS
Part-time
18 months
Spanish
May 2022
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 - 3 semesters
English
Jul 2022
Campus
 
George Washington University, Law School
Washington, USA

GW Law’s MSL helps meet the growing demand for non-lawyers to be familiar with the many ways that law influences industry. The MSL program is intended for professionals who ar ... +

GW Law’s MSL helps meet the growing demand for non-lawyers to be familiar with the many ways that law influences industry. The MSL program is intended for professionals who are not interested in earning a law degree or practicing law but work in jobs where knowledge of the law is important. The knowledge gained can augment career preparation or professional advancement. The courses in this practice area explore the body of rules regulating the process by which the federal government enters into contracts with private parties and oversees the performance of those contracts. Government Contracts is a one-semester survey course for students seeking a general overview of the law in this area; those preferring a more in-depth course of study may choose instead the Formation of Government Contracts and Performance of Government Contracts sequence. Advanced courses in this area include a series of seminars designed to provide students with a richer understanding of how procurement systems operate, both in the U.S. and abroad, and selected topics courses designed to provide students with varying perspectives on emerging issues in the law. -
MLS
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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 - 4 years
English
Jul 2022
Campus
 
Fordham Law School
New York, USA

In as few as 12 months, learn to advocate for integrity at your organization with a flexible, online M.S.L. in Corporate Compliance from top-40 Fordham Law School. No GRE or L ... +

In as few as 12 months, learn to advocate for integrity at your organization with a flexible, online M.S.L. in Corporate Compliance from top-40 Fordham Law School. No GRE or LSAT required. Choose a program track—general, human resources, financial services, or health care—to gain industry-specific knowledge. -
MLS
Full-time
Part-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
Online
 
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Philadelphia, USA

The Master in Law program at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School educates emerging and accomplished professionals. The program examines legal issues that transcend ... +

The Master in Law program at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School educates emerging and accomplished professionals. The program examines legal issues that transcend a wide range of fields and areas of expertise. -
MLS
English
Campus
 
College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, USA

The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program is for accomplished professionals and academics in other disciplines who want to learn about the law to strengthen their professiona ... +

The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program is for accomplished professionals and academics in other disciplines who want to learn about the law to strengthen their professional skills. It is a non-professional, terminal degree program designed for those who have had no legal training, do not desire a professional law degree, and do not wish to practice law. -
MLS
English
Campus
 
University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, USA

The University of Georgia School of Law Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) program provides an unparalleled educational opportunity for anyone seeking a greater understanding ... +

The University of Georgia School of Law Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) program provides an unparalleled educational opportunity for anyone seeking a greater understanding of the law but not interested in becoming an attorney. We are proud to share that the M.S.L. -
MLS
English
Campus
 
University at Albany
Albany, USA

Gain an advanced understanding of the criminal justice system and criminology. Whether you want to further your role in law enforcement or become active in public policy, you ... +

Gain an advanced understanding of the criminal justice system and criminology. Whether you want to further your role in law enforcement or become active in public policy, you will acquire the knowledge for a successful career in areas like policing, law, crime analysis, and research with a master's degree in criminal justice from the University at Albany. -
MLS
English
 
University of California
Berkeley, USA

The UC Hastings Master of Studies in Law (MSL) is a one-year program designed for leaders and passionate professionals seeking an understanding of the law and how it affects t ... +

The UC Hastings Master of Studies in Law (MSL) is a one-year program designed for leaders and passionate professionals seeking an understanding of the law and how it affects their chosen fields. Early and mid-career professionals working in health care, business, technology, policy, research, human resources, education, or almost any subject area need a working knowledge of the law, as it affects all of these fields and more. The MSL degree will give you the tools you need to maximize your impact and realize your career goals. -
MLS
English
 
Universidad México Americana del Norte
Reynosa, Mexico

OBJECTIVE: To train professionals with specialized knowledge that allows the interpretation and application of criminal laws, extradition treaties and all punitive actions tha ... +

OBJECTIVE: To train professionals with specialized knowledge that allows the interpretation and application of criminal laws, extradition treaties and all punitive actions that affect the rights of citizens. -
MLS
Spanish
 
National Paralegal College | National Juris University
Phoenix, USA

This program is designed for people considering a career transition to the legal profession and helping people who are already working in the legal field to advance their care ... +

This program is designed for people considering a career transition to the legal profession and helping people who are already working in the legal field to advance their careers with additional training and credentials. -
MLS
English
Campus