Frequently Asked Questions
Can I work full time and earn an M.L.S. degree?
Yes, but you will need to have some flexibility in your work schedule. Core M.L.S. courses will be offered between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weeknights. Courses for 3 units of credit typically meet twice a week during the semester for approximately 80 minutes each, while courses for 2 units of credit typically meet once a week for 120 minutes. Specialization courses range in time from the morning into the evening. Limited courses are remote. Our academic advisors will work with you to create a plan that balances your work requirements with the opportunity to access the unmatched curriculum of UCLA Law.
If I want to earn a J.D. and become a lawyer, should I earn an M.L.S. first?
The M.L.S. course of study is not a pre-J.D. program. While students who earn an M.L.S. degree may subsequently apply to J.D. programs at UCLA or elsewhere, under American Bar Association regulations, no law school may award credit toward a J.D. for any coursework taken during an M.L.S. degree program. If you wish to become a licensed lawyer, you should earn a J.D., not an M.L.S.
Can I practice law with an M.L.S. degree?
No. The M.L.S. degree will not qualify you to sit for a bar examination or obtain a license to practice law.
Can I be considered for the M.L.S. program if I have been out of college for many years?
Absolutely! The M.L.S. program is designed for professionals in the private, nonprofit or government sectors who have a growth mindset and believe that deeper knowledge of the law can help them be more successful in their field. The program's admissions evaluation will give substantial weight to an applicant’s work experience and expertise.
Can I be considered for the M.L.S. program if I just received my undergraduate degree?
Yes. This degree has helped graduates launch their career in a variety of industries. The admissions committee will look closely at your academic record and statement of purpose to determine what your goal and expectations are with this degree.