Master of Legal Studies Admissions


The M.L.S. Program provides professionals in a variety of sectors career advancement through the study of law.

The Master of Legal Studies program offers a Part-Time and Full-Time option with eight specializations to choose from. Admissions to the program is competitive. Finalists for admission are interviewed (zoom interview and a brief writing component). There are three application periods for the program, with one entering class a year in August.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Deadlines

    *The application for the August 2021 start will be made available in mid-September 2020.

    Priority application deadline: December 7, 2020

    Early application deadline: February 15, 2021

    Application Deadline: April 26, 2021

  • 2020-2021 Dates

    Orientation and Short Course (Introduction to Law): August 17-21

    Fall 2020 Semester Instruction: August 24-November 30

    Fall 2020 Examination Period: December 4-18

    Spring 2021 Semester Instruction: January 19-May 13

    Spring 2021 Examination Period: May 3-13

  • Information Sessions

Full-Time and Part-Time Options

The M.L.S. core classes (other than Introduction to American Law) and any other courses designed specifically for M.L.S. students will be taught primarily in the evening hours, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in order to accommodate the schedules of part-time students who wish to maintain full-time employment. Most elective courses are taught during typical business hours. Introduction to American Law is taught intensively for one week in August, the week prior to the start of the Fall semester. All newly matriculating M.L.S. students must be on campus full-time during that week.

  • Full-Time

    Fall Semester

    • Introduction to American Law
    • Private Law: Property and Contract
    • The Modern Regulatory State
    • Legal Analysis and Communication
    • One elective course

    Spring Semester

    • Business Law for Non-Lawyers or The American Dispute Resolution System
    • Two or three elective courses
    • Capstone seminar

    More information on the Full-Time option.

  • Part-Time*

    First Fall Semester

    • Introduction to American Law
    • Private Law: Property and Contract or Private Law: Property and Contract and The Modern Regulatory State

    First Spring Semester

    • Business Law for Non-Lawyers or The American Dispute Resolution System

    To be completed over the remaining 2-6 semesters:

    • Legal Analysis and Communication
    • The Modern Regulatory State (if not taken in the first year)
    • Elective courses
    • Capstone seminar

    * After the first semester, the program requires part-time students to enroll in a minimum of 3 units per semester (most courses are 3-4 units, but some courses are only 2 units). Note: If you wish to receive federal loans, current regulations require that you must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 units per semester.

    More information on the Part-Time option.

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