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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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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 2021
Online
 
WU Executive Academy - Vienna University of Economics and Business
Vienna, 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
Part-time
15 months
German
Oct 2021
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
Aug 2021
01 Aug 2021
Campus
Online
 

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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 2021
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
Aug 2021
Campus
 
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
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 2021
Campus
 
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
Sep 2021
Online
 
European Institute of Public Administration EIPA
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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 ... +

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. -
MLS
Part-time
2 years
English, French
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Empire College
Santa Rosa, USA

This program is designed to inform and educate professionals about the fundamentals of the law and help them gain an educated appreciation for the intricacies surrounding the ... +

This program is designed to inform and educate professionals about the fundamentals of the law and help them gain an educated appreciation for the intricacies surrounding the intersection of law, public policy, and the professions. -
MLS
Sep 2021
 
The Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law
Washington, USA

The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law offers flexibility, versatility, and broad-ranging instructional ex ... +

The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law offers flexibility, versatility, and broad-ranging instructional excellence. -
MLS
English
Sep 2021
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
Sep 2021
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 - 48 months
Campus
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
Sep 2021
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
Sep 2021
Campus