Earn Your Master of Legal Studies at Dickinson Law

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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. Students also have the flexibility to enroll in their courses in person or online.

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.).

Explore our M.L.S. Program viewbook. To learn more about our M.L.S. program, please contact:

Emily Michiko MorrisEmily Michiko Morris
Director of Non-J.D. Programs and Visiting Associate Professor
Email: DickinsonMLS@psu.edu
Phone: 717-241-3532