Undergraduate Degree - Master of Legal Studies

Master of Legal Studies
Program Code:
8106 Legal Studies
Program Level:
Law Advanced
Award Type:
Master of Legal Studies
Start Term:
MSU College of Law
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College of Law

Master of Legal Studies

M.L.S. in Legal Studies

The program is a one-year, 30-credit degree that will provide legal knowledge and training to professionals.  The program includes core courses and designed for students to customize their program to best align with their professional goals.


Students must:
  1. have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution;
  2. demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for legal study through submission of a required personal statement.
Admission to the program is selective and is not guaranteed. An applicant’s overall record will be considered including the student’s personal goals for legal study, letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, and professional experience.

Academic Requirements

All students must complete 30 credits within three academic years with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average.
1. One of the following courses (3 credits):
LAW 530D Research, Writing and Analysis 3
LAW 530E Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective 3
LAW 530N Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law Perspective 3
LAW 530Q Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice Perspectives 3
Other Research, Writing, and Analysis courses may be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs.
2. Two of the following courses (5 to 8 credits):
LAW 500F Criminal Law 3
LAW 500G Property 4
LAW 500M Business Enterprises 3 or 4
LAW 500N Constitutional Law II 4
LAW 500R Torts I 4
LAW 530B Contracts 4
LAW 532 Administrative Law 2 or 3
3. Electives to meet the minimum requirement of 30 credits, planned in consultation with the student’s advisor and based on the student’s professional needs and interests. Courses are chosen from courses offered to current J.D., L.L.M., and M.J. students.