The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is a one-year, 30-credit program designed for non-lawyers who would like to learn about U.S. laws and regulations. This program will help students develop legal knowledge, skills, and networks in specific areas of law tailored to their career interests. The curriculum includes three required courses, a variety of electives, and an advanced writing requirement. MLS courses are offered as a residential program on the VLGS campus in South Royalton, Vermont, with options for online or a hybrid of both. Students will benefit from intensive mentor guidance and strong comparative law expertise.
The world’s complex regulatory environment demands that professionals in almost every industry have a basic understanding of legal compliance. If you are interested in learning about laws and regulations, or if your day-to-day work intersects with law, this Master of Legal Studies Program is for you.
The MLS program is not the same as a Juris Doctor degree. This program is designed for non-lawyers.
The MLS program is also different from the LLM degree programs, which require a law degree as a prerequisite. The MLS program does not require a law degree, and applicants with a degree in ANY major can apply.
Location: Online, on-campus or a hybrid of both.
Credit Requirements: 30 credits
Duration: The MLS program can be completed in one year.
The MLS program curriculum is composed of three required courses, a series of elective courses, and an advanced legal writing requirement.