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MLS Overview

The Kline School of Law Master of Legal Studies is a versatile degree for nonlawyers interested in developing advanced legal knowledge and compliance skills. As businesses and organizations face an ever-changing array of laws and regulations, a Master of Legal Studies provides the opportunity to help employers face those challenges. Our MLS is suited to students with diverse or changing interests who may wish to pursue careers in a range of professional settings. The core curriculum gives you a solid grounding in law, legal analysis, and risk assessment and management that applies to all industries. The remainder of the curriculum is flexible, allowing students to take a combination of courses from different fields, from cybersecurity to criminal law, to financial compliance and beyond.


Core Courses (25 Credits)

  • LSTU 550 Introduction to the Legal System (4 credits)
  • LSTU 551 Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting (4 credits)
  • LSTU 552 Ethics and Professional Standards (4 credits)
  • LSTU 553 Legal Research and Analysis (4 credits)
  • LSTU 554 Risk Assessment and Management (4 credits)
  • LSTU 560 MLS Masters Capstone (3 credits)
  • LSTU 561 MLS Masters Capstone (2 credits)

Advanced Courses (20 credits)

Select advanced courses in topics that interest you the most and suit your career goals. You can also focus on a specific area by choosing a concentration.