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Full-Time and Part-Time Options

Full-Time

Fall Semester

  • Introduction to American Law
  • Private Law: Property and Contract
  • The Modern Regulatory State
  • Legal Analysis and Communication
  • One elective course

Spring Semester

  • Business Law for Non-Lawyers or The American Dispute Resolution System
  • Two or three elective courses
  • Capstone seminar

Part-Time*

First Fall Semester

  • Introduction to American Law
  • Private Law: Property and Contract or Private Law: Property and Contract and The Modern Regulatory State

First Spring Semester

  • Business Law for Non-Lawyers or The American Dispute Resolution System

To be completed over the remaining 2-6 semesters:

  • Legal Analysis and Communication
  • The Modern Regulatory State (if not taken in the first year)
  • Elective courses
  • Capstone seminar

* After the first semester, the program requires part-time students to enroll in a minimum of 3 units per semester (most courses are 3-4 units, but some courses are only 2 units). Note: If you wish to receive federal loans, current regulations require that you must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 units per semester.


The M.L.S. core classes (other than Introduction to American Law) and any other courses designed specifically for M.L.S. students will be taught primarily in the evening hours, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in order to accommodate the schedules of part-time students who wish to maintain full-time employment. Most elective courses are taught during typical business hours. Introduction to American Law is taught intensively for one week in August, the week prior to the start of the Fall semester.  All newly matriculating M.L.S. students must be on campus full-time during that week.