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Course of Study
The Master of Legal Studies program has a balance of foundational training on "thinking like a lawyer" and specialized courses tailored to the student's interest and career focus. As such, the program is designed to be completed in three phases (as outlined below). The program can be completed in 9 months with full-time study or 2-4 years with part-time study. A minimum of 26 units is required to complete the degree, but students wishing to do more may take law classes up to four years, with the optional units 27-32 at no additional tuition charge ($13,968 value).
What I like about the UCLA program is the flexibility to work around your schedule juggling the core classes with the electives. The program and structure offers a soft landing into the field of law.
Josh Brackett (MLS '22)
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3 Phases of the M.L.S.
M.L.S. Core Curriculum
These core courses are designed exclusively for M.L.S. students. They are taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays on campus starting at 6:30 pm.
1. Introduction to American Law
M.L.S. Elective Courses
Students may elect to take either JD courses during the day and/or classes in the evenings designed specifically for MLS students.
The capstone allows students to deeply engage with issues relevant to their career focus or intellectual interest. There are two ways to satisfy this requirement.
1. Capstone Seminar
The program can be completed in 9 months with full-time study or 2-4 years with part-time study. Check out the options below to see how it breaks down.
The Part-Time option is ideal for professionals who are working full-time.
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The Full-Time option is ideal for:
- Recent graduates;
- International students on F-1 visas;
- Entry-level professionals, those with 2 or less years of professional experience; or
- Fully-employed professionals with the flexibility to take a sabbatical from work.
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The ability to be able to go to classes in the evening and earn this degree was really appealing to me. Returning to school was an adjustment, but I had to make little conscious decisions to manage my time well. As I got into the groove and routine of it, it became second nature.
Dave Holtkamp (MLS '21)
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