Feb 07, 2023  

Master of Legal Studies, MLS

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The Master of Legal Studies (“MLS”) is a 30-credit, online degree offered by the Washington College of Law (“WCL”) in cooperation with the Kogod School of Business. Students enrolled in the program can register for the General Track or can choose to concentrate in: Business Law, Health Care Compliance, or Information Technology. The offered courses are a mix of WCL classes designed for the MLS students and courses offered in Kogod’s online MBA program. The MLS degree is growing in popularity among non-legal professionals such as such as law enforcement officers, court employees, health care administrators, compliance officers, and government officials who find that they need to gain some understanding of legal concepts. Students who successfully complete the MLS will be prepared to work with lawyers, draft legal documents such as contracts and company policies, and interpret applicable statutes and regulations. 

The courses will be 10 weeks long, beginning in October, January, April, or July.  Students will complete the degree on average in 15-18 months, enrolling in two courses per term. 

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Students are admitted on a rolling basis to the MLS for the October, January, April, or July module start dates. This program is offered on the 4-term academic calendar.

Degree Requirements

The MLS degree requires 30 credits and participation in at least one, but not more than two, 1.5 credit residential immersion programs. Students may pursue a general track or one of three concentrations in Business Law, Health Care Compliance, and Information Technology.

Course Requirements

The courses in this program are all taught in small sections of no more than 20 students per sections in a hybrid synchronous and asynchronous format. The courses will be offered on a 4-term basis starting in October, January, April, or July. 

Required courses (12 credits)

Health Care Compliance

  • Concentration Requirements (9 credits)
  • Elective courses (9 credits)
    • 9 credit hours in approved graduate level coursework





  • Elective courses (18 credits)
    • 18 credit hours in approved graduate level coursework

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