Master of Legal Studies
LAW SCHOOL FOR THE NON-LAWYER
WHAT IS AN MLS DEGREE?
Our Master of Legal Studies program is an option for learning about the law without getting a J.D. It can increase job opportunities for a wide range of professions. If you find yourself needing a better foundation for working with and understanding law and regulation without becoming a lawyer, this degree may be right for you.
HOW CAN THE MLS DEGREE HELP MY CAREER?
Our graduates advance their knowledge of the legal system. They return to their professions knowing how to speak the language of the law and how to better manage legal issues. The program‘s curriculum is useful and practical, delivered by top legal faculty at the nationally-ranked University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Graduates can think and communicate broadly about legal issues affecting their field, understand contemporary legal issues, and know the practical implications of the law.
WHAT ARE THE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS?
Unlike other professional school programs, the MLS does not require a standardized test score (GRE, GMAT, MAT, LSAT). This is in keeping with our philosophy that the program is designed to help working professionals leverage an understanding of the law to be more effective in their chosen career.
HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
The 30-credit program lasts one year (three semesters). Classes meet every other weekend to accommodate the schedule of working professionals.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The full cost of the program, including tuition and student fees, is $30,000 for in-state residents and $45,000 for non-residents. Financial aid opportunities are available. Prices may vary for students who enroll in courses outside the standard MLS curriculum.
Prospective Applicants Will Need To
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Submit an official transcript from all universities attended.
- Have a demonstrated track record of professional experience.
- Compile a competitive grade point average in undergraduate work. Some exceptions will be made based on career experience and length of time between undergraduate degree and MLS application.
- Complete the MLS application, which includes:
- Two letters of recommendation
- A letter of intent/personal statement
- A resume
- Writing samples such as academic papers, inter-office memoranda, or client letters
- A nonrefundable application fee
“This program has given me a broader understanding of the law and its application in myriad situations, improved my critical thinking skills and my ability to assess risk, and has helped me to engage in more sophisticated dialogue with in-house general counsel at my employer.”
— Justin Neville, MLS graduate, human resources manager
“The MLS program offers professionals a comprehensive education to help better understand complex legal matters. Through the MLS program, students gain legal skills and knowledge that can be applied directly to advance a student’s career and serve his/ her organization. As business and industry evolves, those whose responsibilities include elements of the law, negotiation, conflict management, compliance, and ethics will have enhanced knowledge and be able to think more holistically, strategically, and creatively.”
— Leilani Marshall, J.D., professor
“Every career field is filled with legal implication. I plan to stay in higher education and use my new knowledge to hone my department’s policies, procedures, and programs. We already strive to be inclusive to every resident and every identity, but I want to ensure our programs also reflect this inclusion in contracts and language. “
— Todd M. Justesen, MLS graduate, director of housing & residential education
“My job as an attorney would be much easier if clients had a better understanding of the legal process when they came to me. The Master of Legal Studies degree accomplishes just that and will make things easier for clients and attorneys alike.”
— James E. Magleby, managing shareholder at Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood
“Human Resource professionals with a Master of Legal Studies degree will be much better prepared to help companies address complex employment issues.“
— Christina Jepson, Shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer
- Business, IP, Labor, and Employment in the Modern Economy
- Comparative Legal Studies
- Contracts in the Modern Economy
- Conflict and Legal Crisis Management
- Government, Private Property, and Land Use
- Lawsuits and Litigation
- Procuring and Managing Legal Services
- The Regulatory System
- Understanding Cases, Statutes, and Legislation
- U.S. Legal System
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- Network of mentors and resources in the legal community
- No standardized test score required