Legal Studies M.L.S.

Starts January 10, 2021

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Become a Critical Thinker

The Master of Legal Studies offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is designed for individuals seeking to expand their career opportunities by arming themselves with knowledge of the law, legal terminology, and procedures. Employers value individuals who can apply complex legal reasoning to their tasks. Our Master of Legal Studies program provides students with the tools to think critically about the wide range of legal subjects covered in our curriculum. If you find yourself needing a better foundation for working with and understanding laws and regulations, or if you wish to improve your career prospects by obtaining legal and critical thinking skills, the MLS is the degree for you.

  • Online Courses
Degree Awarded
  • Master of Legal Studies
Next Start Date
  • January 10, 2021

The MLS is a degree program designed to build greater public understanding of the law and the United States legal system. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills gained to perform their jobs more effectively and to provide private and public organizations the benefit of enhanced experience. It is a graduate program of study designed for professionals practicing in areas such as human relations, criminal justice, juvenile justice, journalism, social work, court administration, national security, probation and law enforcement, or regulatory agencies. It is neither a law degree nor a paralegal program.

The program offers three areas of emphasis: healthcare, justice systems, and homeland security.

The healthcare area of emphasis is designed for those working in the healthcare industry. The courses in healthcare law, long-term care regulation and elder law provide the knowledge to ensure that state and federal regulatory requirements are being met.

The justice system area of emphasis is designed for members of the law enforcement community and any employment where the position is dictated by criminal law and more. Courses such as criminal law, judicial legal process, and punishment and corrections give the student the knowledge needed for career advancement.

The homeland security area of emphasis is designed for professionals working in the areas of emergency response coordination, law enforcement, transportation security, and immigration. Courses such as homeland security, immigration law, and military justice provide the knowledge needed for career advancement.

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