Earn Your Master of Legal Studies at Dickinson Law

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Thank you for your interest in our M.L.S. degree program. Please note the program is no longer accepting applications for 2023-2024.


The Master of Legal Studies (“M.L.S.”) degree is a 30-credit, graduate-level academic degree designed to help non-lawyers to enhance their professional knowledge by providing them with a solid foundation in the law. This program will acquaint students with the general structure of the U.S. legal system and will allow them to focus on one or more specific aspects of law as it relates to their professional interests and goals. Professionals who work in or are seeking to enter fields such as finance, education, health care, social work, real estate, regulatory compliance, law enforcement, or government will see tremendous value in gaining foundational or specialized knowledge of laws and legal systems relevant to them.

Dickinson Law’s M.L.S. program is specifically designed for the busy professional who needs flexibility. Choose from a number of different concentrations, including our special “Government Law and Policy” concentration and “Organizing for Social Justice” concentration. Those in the program can begin their studies in either the fall or spring semester and earn their M.L.S. degree as full-time or part-time students.

To be eligible, applicants must hold at least a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree from a duly accredited or recognized institution of higher education in the U.S. or abroad but cannot hold a terminal degree in law from a U.S. law school (e.g., J.D., LL.M., or S.J.D./J.S.D.). 

Complete this form to request more information about our Master of Legal Studies Program. To learn more about our M.L.S. program, please contact:

Anthony C. Ogden, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate, International and Online Programs
Email: DickinsonGradEd@psu.edu
Phone: 717-241-3532