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Master of Legal Studies

Northcentral University's Master of Legal Studies degree gives students the opportunity to study U.S. law in-depth in order to enhance their career in an number of non-legal professions. Keep reading to learn more about the requirements and elements of this online degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Legal Studies

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in the Master of Legal studies program may come from many backgrounds, but should possess a keen interest in studying U.S. laws and regulations. Students will need to be proficient in research and writing as well as skilled in critical thinking and analysis. All applicants to Northcentral University graduate programs must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Legal Studies degree program at Northcentral University is designed for those students who don't wish to practice law but are still interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge of laws and regulations. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the U.S. legal system, including ethics and contracts, and to develop their legal research and writing skills through activities such as drafting various legal documents and contracts. This degree program is intended to teach students how to think critically about the current legal system and how to apply the law ethically and effectively in various professional situations.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

33 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Northcentral University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Legal Studies:

The Master of Legal Studies program at Northcentral University is a 33 credit-hour program, requiring students to take a total of 11 courses. Please note that degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in the program.

  • Introduction to Legal Studies
  • Legal Research and Writing I
  • Ethics for the Legal Professional
  • Legal Research and Writing II
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Civil Actions I
  • Criminal Actions
  • Civil Actions II
  • Advanced Topics in Torts Law
  • Advanced Topics in Contracts Law
  • MLS Capstone Project

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students interested in furthering their education or preparing for a career as a lawyer or attorney could enroll in law school in order and eventually gain their license to practice law. Those intereted in advanced teaching or research careers could also consider enrolling in a related doctoral program. Some of the options include:

  • Juris Doctor
  • PhD in Law
  • PhD in Legal Studies
  • Doctor of Law and Policy

Career Paths:

The Master of Legal Studies degree program is designed to give its students a better understanding of the law, which can help graduates advance in many fields strongly impacted by regulations, including but not limited to healthcare, business, retail, and more. Although additional experience and/or education outside of this degree program may be required for some positions, the Master of Legal Studies at Northcentral University is designed to prepare students for careers such as:

  • Regulatory affairs manager
  • Mediator
  • Compliance manager
  • Legal support worker
  • Loss prevention manager

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