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: 22-9999
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-1071; 13-1011; 13-1075

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, six optional concentrations are offered:

  • Criminal Law
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Human Resources Compliance
  • NCAA Compliance and Sports Law
  • Higher Education Compliance
  • Entrepreneurship and 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, six optional concentrations are currently offered:

  • Criminal Law
  • Health Care Compliance
  • Human Resources 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
Total Credits9.0
*

Students completing this concentration will be manually enrolled in the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone course section that is focused on compliance.

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
Total Credits9.0
*

Students completing this concentration will be manually enrolled in the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone course section that is focused on compliance.

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
Total Credits9.0
*

Students completing this concentration will be manually enrolled in the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone course section that is focused on compliance.

Criminal Law Concentration *
Required Courses
LAW 558SCriminal Law3.0
LAW 670SCriminal Procedure: Investigations3.0
LSTU 530SCorrections Law3.0
Total Credits9.0
*

Students completing this concentration will be manually enrolled in the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone Thesis section.

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
Total Credits9.0
*

Students completing this concentration will be manually enrolled in the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone course section that is focused on compliance.

Entrepreneurship and Law Concentration *
Required Courses
ENTP 501Entrepreneurship Essentials 13.0
ENTP 535Social Entrepreneurship 13.0
ENTP 610Leading New Ventures 13.0
ENTP 640Methods of Entrepreneurship 13.0
Total Credits12.0
*

Students completing this concentration will be manually enrolled in the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone Thesis section.

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 ENTP courses are on the Quarter Schedule.  Note that 3 quarter credits = 2 semester credits. Therefore 12 quarter credits = 8 semester credits.

Legal Studies Faculty

Roger D. Collons, JD, PhD (George Washington University; Georgia State University) Department of Legal Studies. Professor. Patent law, preservation of wealth.
Richard P. Freedman, JD, LLM (Temple University) Head of the Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Taxation, corporate and business matters, real estate, estate planning, estate administration and elder law.
Andrew Genetta, JD (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law). Associate Clinical Professor.
Rosalie S. Kreider, JD (Villanova University) Department of Legal Studies. Clinical Professor. Business law, international business law.
Neal Orkin, JD (Temple University) Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Intellectual property rights of employed inventors and authors; labor relations.
Natalie Pedersen, JD (Harvard University) Department of Legal Studies. Assistant Professor. American law, contract law, labor and employment law.
Steven R. Sher, JD (Georgetown University Law Center) Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Business law, product liability, negligence, medical malpractice.
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