Master of Legal Studies

Major: Legal Studies
Degree Awarded: Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 30.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 22.0203
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

As society becomes increasingly regulated, job candidates with advanced skills in legal and regulatory analysis, as well as regulatory compliance, have become highly appealing to many employers. Although many employers do not want to hire additional attorneys, they require employees with sophisticated and narrowly focused exposure to law and legal regulation.

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is a post-baccalaureate degree designed for individuals to develop and improve career-related skills through the study of the legal system, legal writing, law, regulation, and policy. Ideal candidates include individuals in other disciplines, professionals who would benefit from focused legal knowledge (such as those in the fields of health, college sports, education, human resources, finance, etc.), individuals seeking career changes, and those generally interested in the field of law. Upon completion of each degree program, graduates will understand how the law relates to and impacts their particular areas of interest, although they will not be attorneys.

Currently, eight optional concentrations are offered:

  • Criminal Law
  • Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Compliance
  • Entrepreneurship and Law
  • Financial Regulatory Compliance
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Higher Education Compliance
  • Human Resources Compliance
  • NCAA Compliance and Sports Law

The program is designed to be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete the required core curriculum courses, and additional electives or concentration courses, totaling 30.0 semester credits.

Within the program, eight optional concentrations are currently offered:

  • Criminal Law
  • Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Compliance
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Human Resources Compliance
  • Financial Regulatory Compliance
  • NCAA Compliance and Sports Law
  • Higher Education Compliance
  • Entrepreneurship and Law
Required Core Curriculum Courses
LSTU 500SIntroduction to the Legal System3.0
LSTU 501SCompliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting3.0
LSTU 502SEthics and Professional Standards3.0
LSTU 503SLegal Research and Analysis3.0
LSTU 507SRisk Assessment and Management3.0
LSTU 540SMLS Masters Capstone3.0-4.0
Electives or Concentration
Complete LSTU, LAW electives or any combination of electives & concentrations11.0-12.0
Total Credits30.0
Health Care Compliance Concentration *
Required Courses
LSTU 504SHealth Care Rules and Regulations3.0
LSTU 505SHealth Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management3.0
LSTU 506SPatients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations3.0
LSTU or LAW Electives3.0
Total Credits12.0
NCAA Compliance and Sports Law Concentration *
Required Courses
LSTU 510SNCAA Governance Process3.0
LSTU 511SNCAA Rules I and Infractions Cases3.0
LSTU 512SNCAA Rules II and Enforcement Process3.0
LSTU or LAW Electives3.0
Total Credits12.0
Human Resources Compliance Concentration *
Required Courses
LSTU 520SLegal Issues in Employee Hiring and Termination3.0
LSTU 521SHuman Resources Compliance: Managing the Employer/Employee Relationship3.0
LSTU 522SHuman Resources in Practice: Negotiation, Mediation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution3.0
LSTU or LAW Electives3.0
Total Credits12.0
Criminal Law Concentration *
Required Courses
LAW 558SCriminal Law3.0
LAW 670SCriminal Procedure: Investigations3.0
LSTU 530SCorrections Law3.0
LSTU or LAW Electives3.0
Total Credits12.0
Higher Education Compliance Concentration *
Required Courses
LSED 532SLegal Landscape of Student Rights and Campus Safety3.0
LSED 533SInstitutional Compliance: Aid and Accreditation3.0
LSED 534SHigher Education Institutions: Financial Rules and Regulations3.0
LSTU OR LAW Electives3.0
Total Credits12.0
Entrepreneurship and Law Concentration *
Required Courses
ENTP 501Entrepreneurship Essentials **3.0
ENTP 535Social Entrepreneurship **3.0
ENTP 540Methods of Entrepreneurship **3.0
ENTP 641Innovation in Established Companies **3.0
Total Credits12.0
Financial Regulatory Compliance *
Required Courses
LAW 700SBusiness Organizations3.0
Choose three from this list:9.0
Legal Regulation of Investment Advisers
Legal Regulation of Investment Companies
Broker/Dealer Regulation
Banking Law
Total Credits12.0
Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Compliance*
LSTU 515SInformation Privacy Law3.0
LSTU 516SLegal Strategies in Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Compliance3.0
LAW 769SThe Law of Cybersecurity & Data Protection3.0
Total Credits9.0

Legal Studies (Law School) Faculty

Mark P. Bernstein, JD (Tulane University) Director of the Legal Research Center and Information Technology Services. Professor. Legal research, education, interdisciplinary research and the role of librarians as educators.
Tracye Edwards, JD (Duke University). Assistant Professor. Co-op education.
Veronica Finkelstein, JD (Emory University). Adjunct Professor. Criminal law.
Sara Goldstein, JD (Drexel University). Adjunct Professor. Patients and privacy.
David Hoffman, JD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Teaching Professor. Health care rules and regulations, Masters Capstone.
Daniela Ivancikova, JD (Drexel University). Adjunct Professor. Corrections Law, Risk Assessment and Management.
Aimée Kahan, JD (University of Pennsylvania School of Law) Director of Master of Legal Studies Program. Assistant Professor. Health care quality, patient safety, and risk management
Laurel Lichty, LLB, LLM (City University London; George Washington University). Adjunct Professor. Introduction to the US Legal Systems.
Michele Mathes, JD (University of Pennsylvania). Adjunct Professor. Ethics and professional standards.
Tracy Tripp, JD (Drexel University). Adjunct Professor. Criminal procedure.
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