The Master of Legal Studies program is designed for professionals who are looking to advance their career through the study of law. It is ideal for non-lawyers in any field – from the private, nonprofit or government sectors – who need to understand and navigate law, regulation, disputes or attorneys. The program has eight specializations to choose from: Business Law; Employment & Human Resources Law; Entertainment & Media Law; Environmental Law; Government & National Security Law; Health Law & Policy; Law & Technology; and Public Interest Law. Students can also customize their curriculum to suit their professional interests.
Required Core Courses
(1) Required core courses, designed exclusively for M.L.S. students (12 units total):
- Introduction to Law (1 unit, taught from August 17-21, 2020)
- Private Law: Property and Contract (3 units, fall semester)
- The Modern Regulatory State (3 units, fall semester)
- Legal Analysis and Communication (2 units, fall semester)
- Business Law for Non Lawyers OR The American Dispute Resolution System (3 units, spring semester)
(2) Elective courses, selected from the UCLA Law J.D. curriculum (11-15 units total). 200+ courses to choose from.
(3) A capstone seminar (3 units), which allows students to deeply engage with issues relevant to their career focus or intellectual interest.