Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.)
The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program, also referred to as "Master of Studies in Law," is offered entirely online and can be completed in 12-18 months. Our Master of Legal Studies online program is designed for those who work—or aspire to work—in fields that routinely intersect with law, such as business, education, health care, human resources, and law enforcement. By studying the legal system and its workplace implications, students gain the expertise needed to navigate the legal challenges that now arise in every field.
Core M.L.S. online classes equip students with a strong foundation in substantive legal areas, as well as practical skills that support effective communication in legal contexts. In elective and capstone courses, students pursue subjects related to their own professional interests.
Offering students the opportunity to tailor their studies to their particular interests, the Master’s of Legal Studies program offers two concentrations, including Frontiers in Law and Regulatory Compliance/Legal Risk Management. Students may also elect to participate in a multi-day Residency during their program. Depending on their elected concentration, students will cover one of two current and relevant legal topics. Emerging Threats will be available for students who elect the Frontiers in Law concentration, and Data Security and Breach will be available for those who chose Regulatory Compliance/Legal Risk Management.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: The M.L.S. program does not qualify graduates to sit for California’s Bar Examination, nor does it satisfy requirements for admission to practice law in California. Prospective students who wish to practice law should consider the J.D. program after carefully reviewing the J.D. program information in this section. Please read the following statement, which is provided in compliance with State Bar requirements:
Except as provided in Rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Exam or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.