Master of Legal Studies

Applicants who have completed or will complete a Bachelors degree from a fully accredited institution by the beginning of the term for which they are seeking admission may apply to the 33 credit hour Master of Legal Studies Degree Program jointly administered by the College of Law and Graduate Studies.

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Degree Program is designed for individuals who are not interested in practicing law but who are interested in developing a better understanding of the law as it affects their non-legal careers or areas of interest. The program is jointly administered by the College of Law and the Graduate College.

Students who are admitted to the program can begin their course work only during a fall semester and must complete, with satisfactory grades, 33 credit hours of law in order to receive an MLS degree.

Required Courses:

Foundational Legal Skills (2 credit hours, fall semester only) One of the following courses: Contracts, Property or Torts.*

*If you take Torts as your required course, you will take 4 credit hours of Torts and 2 credit hours of Foundational Legal Skills for a total of 6 credit hours of required courses and 27 credit hours of electives. If you take Contracts or Property as your required course, you will take 6 credit hours of Contracts or Property and 2 credit hours of Foundational Legal Skills for a total of 8 credit hours of required courses and 25 credit hours of electives. Most, but not all, of the law courses may be taken as electives and all degree requirements must be completed within three years. The MLS Degree will be conferred upon the successful completion of the 33 credit hours and an oral final examination.

Application

Applicants must apply to both the College of Law and the Graduate College. Both applications are available through the Graduate College electronic application process. Complete the Graduate College application first and select Legal Studies (MLS) in the degree objective section. You will then be prompted to complete the MLS application through the GAMES system. Follow the instructions to complete the application and upload your transcripts to MyRed.