M.L.S. Degree Requirements

Students in the M.L.S. program must complete a minimum of twenty-four credits, and no more than thirty-four credits, in courses approved for the M.L.S. degree.

Required Core Courses (2 credits total) 

  • All students must complete Introduction to the U.S. Legal System (2 credits) with a passing grade.
  • The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may waive this course requirement for a particular student if that student has satisfactorily completed an equivalent course at another law school in the U.S. or a common law country.

Elective Courses (22 credits total)

  • Students in the program may complete the remaining credits for the M.L.S. degree in residence or online over two to four semesters. Enrollment in courses outside of the law school must first be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • A student in the M.L.S. program may enroll in courses in the J.D. program on one of two conditions: 1) the instructor has indicated that any M.L.S. student may enroll in the course; or 2) the instructor has given the individual M.L.S. student in question permission to enroll in the course.
  • A student in the program may petition the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to transfer up to six credits toward the M.L.S. degree from courses completed at an accredited law school in the U.S. or abroad within the last five years OR for prior related work experience completed in the U.S. or abroad within the last five years. 
  • Student in the M.L.S. program may not enroll in clinics, internships, semester-in-practice programs, law reviews, or moot court competitions established for J.D. students. 

Academic Standards

  • All M.L.S. students will be graded on the same basis as students in the LL.M. program but will be grade separately from and not evaluated on any grading curve applicable to J.D. or LL.M. students.
  • All students must maintain good academic standing, which requires regular course attendance and participation, as well as maintaining a grade average of at least a “C.”
  • Students in the M.L.S. program may ask for English as a second language accommodations for mid-semester and final examinations on the same basis as allowed in the LL.M. program.