Master of Legal Studies Admissions

The M.L.S. Program provides professionals in a variety of sectors career advancement through the study of law.

The Master of Legal Studies program is designed for professionals who are looking to advance their career through the study of law from the #1 Public University in America and #1 law school in Southern California.  It is ideal for non-lawyers in any field – from the private, nonprofit or government sectors – who need to understand and navigate law, regulation, disputes or attorneys.  The program is highly selective, built on engagement and connection.

The program is designed for professionals in broad sectors of the economy that have a high need for sophisticated training in the law, but who don't need (or want) to become lawyers.  This program unlocks that training from one of the top law schools and provides access to the top legal education in the world.  With a priority on flexibility and convenience, this program is suitably designed for both working professionals and full-time students.

Master of Legal Studies: The UCLA Law Difference

Program Highlights

  • Earn a legal degree from the nation’s most applied to university that is ranked both as the  #1 public university & Southern California's #1 ranked law school
  • Complete in 9-months full-time or 2-4 years part-time for the working professional
  • Acquire the legal knowledge and skills to enhance and accelerate your career
  • Network with like-minded individuals within and across industries in Southern California and beyond with the vast UCLA network
  • Learn from world-renowned faculty who are leading experts in their fields of law 

Academic Excellence

"I'm constantly impressed by what [UCLA] produces, particularly at the law school, and was equally impressed by the depth of course offerings, as well as the class profile. There is no question that I'm going to learn a lot in every class that I take." -Henry Alfano, CEO of Yellow Cannon Ventures & President of ClickPoint Software, Inc.

The UCLA Difference

"UCLA has a well-structured program [that] is very clear and organized. UCLA is such a prestigious law school that it was a no-brainer to join this program." -Stephanie Hawkins, Manager for Corporate Partnerships at Immortals Gaming Club


"There are so many distinguished alumni who are a part of this community and amazing network. To be in Los Angeles, in the hub of this business, with such a strong support system really sets this program apart. I look forward to finding my future business partners, friends, and colleagues." -Michelle Edgar, Head of Strategic Partnerships at LiveXLive Media, Inc.


"This was the best of both worlds: I could continue working at a job that I really love and take courses in the evening that are relevant to what I do. That was the biggest factor for me as someone with a full-time job and personal commitments." -Karen Wolcott, HR Director at Bellwether Asset Management, Inc.


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