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Master of Legal Studies

A Legal Degree for Professional Advancement from
the #1 Public University in the Nation
and the #1 Ranked Law School in Southern California

The M.L.S. program is designed for professionals from disciplines outside of the law who wish to advance their careers and capabilities by obtaining an advanced degree and a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory issues that impact their industry or field of interest. It is ideal for non-lawyer professionals in any field – from the private, nonprofit or government sectors – who need to understand and navigate law, regulation, disputes or attorneys.

UCLA Law's M.L.S. course of study provides intensive, graduate-level training for leaders in fields such as contracting, compliance and human resources, as well as for those who will benefit from learning how to "think like a lawyer" more broadly, including entrepreneurs, executives, professional services providers, community leaders, journalists, paralegals and scholars specializing in adjacent fields. The M.L.S. degree does not qualify its recipients to sit for a state bar examination or become licensed to practice law.

Our program has eight specializations to choose from. M.L.S. students may earn their degrees in nine months of full‐time study or in two-to-four years of part-time study while continuing to work in their profession.

Master of Legal Studies

A Legal Degree for Professional Advancement from
the #1 Public University in the Nation
and the #1 Ranked Law School in Southern California

The M.L.S. program is designed for professionals from disciplines outside of the law who wish to advance their careers and capabilities by obtaining an advanced degree and a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory issues that impact their industry or field of interest. It is ideal for non-lawyer professionals in any field – from the private, nonprofit or government sectors – who need to understand and navigate law, regulation, disputes or attorneys.

UCLA Law's M.L.S. course of study provides intensive, graduate-level training for leaders in fields such as contracting, compliance and human resources, as well as for those who will benefit from learning how to "think like a lawyer" more broadly, including entrepreneurs, executives, professional services providers, community leaders, journalists, paralegals and scholars specializing in adjacent fields. The M.L.S. degree does not qualify its recipients to sit for a state bar examination or become licensed to practice law.

Our program has eight specializations to choose from. M.L.S. students may earn their degrees in nine months of full‐time study or in two-to-four years of part-time study while continuing to work in their profession.

Why should I consider an M.L.S. degree?

The UCLA Law M.L.S. program offers a graduate‐level legal education to non‐lawyers whose professional success will be aided by a deep understanding of how law operates to shape our economy and society. Since law permeates the entire economy, many professionals need to understand law, legal institutions and the way lawyers think and solve problems. But not all of these professionals need—or want—to become licensed attorneys.

Why earn an M.L.S. degree at UCLA Law?

Approximately half of the courses you will take as an M.L.S. student at UCLA Law were designed by some of our best full-time faculty members, specifically to serve the unique educational needs of M.L.S. students. Your five "core" courses will give you a solid and unique grounding in law, legal institutions and legal problem solving. In the other half (approximately) of your courses, you will be able to take advantage of the tremendous breadth and depth of the UCLA Law curriculum. This combination is unmatched by any similar program in Southern California or the country.

Why should I consider an M.L.S. degree?

The UCLA Law M.L.S. program offers a graduate‐level legal education to non‐lawyers whose professional success will be aided by a deep understanding of how law operates to shape our economy and society. Since law permeates the entire economy, many professionals need to understand law, legal institutions and the way lawyers think and solve problems. But not all of these professionals need—or want—to become licensed attorneys.

Why earn an M.L.S. degree at UCLA Law?

Approximately half of the courses you will take as an M.L.S. student at UCLA Law were designed by some of our best full-time faculty members, specifically to serve the unique educational needs of M.L.S. students. Your five "core" courses will give you a solid and unique grounding in law, legal institutions and legal problem solving. In the other half (approximately) of your courses, you will be able to take advantage of the tremendous breadth and depth of the UCLA Law curriculum. This combination is unmatched by any similar program in Southern California or the country.

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M.L.S. Application for Fall (August) 2021 is now available .

Priority Application Deadline: December 7, 2020
Early Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
General Application Deadline: April 26, 2021

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APPLY FOR THE MASTER OF LEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM

M.L.S. Application for Fall (August) 2021 is now available.

Priority Application Deadline: December 7, 2020
Early Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
General Application Deadline: April 26, 2021

View the Application Requirements
Read the application TIPs to make your application stand out

Follow the Application Instructions

International Applicants: View additional Application Requirements

Request the Application Link