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With a Master of Legal Studies (MLS), you can become a trusted legal expert who advances in the field as a non-lawyer.
The featured programs below are all nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.1 Each program combines live online classes with self-paced coursework that can be completed on part-time or full-time tracks. These programs’ renowned curricula and interactive approach to online learning have placed them at the top of our list.
FEATURED PROGRAMS ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA).
NO TEST SCORES ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY.
These programs are operated by 2U
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law’s online MLS program enables you to develop superior legal expertise and credentials to advance within your chosen field.
Completion time: as few as 16 months
National rankings: top-55 law school and #1 in dispute resolution programs
Concentrations: dispute resolution, human resources and litigation
Program highlight: Master of Dispute Resolution dual degree opportunity available
Fordham Law School’s online Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) in Corporate Compliance will prepare you to protect your organization amid changing regulations. Choose from four tracks to complete industry-specific coursework.
Completion time: as few as 12 months
National rankings: top-40 law school
Concentrations: financial services, health care, human resources, general
Program highlight: courses are delivered via live online sessions, offered at a variety of times in the morning and evening
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that employment for non-lawyers in the legal field will grow at a rate faster than average in the coming years. Law firms and companies across sectors are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants to increase efficiency, and today’s increasingly complex challenges require dedicated assistance and expertise.2
2.5X THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
Paralegal and legal assistant jobs are projected to grow 10% between 2019 and 2029.3
2X THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
Arbitrator, mediator, and conciliator jobs are projected to grow 8% between 2019 and 2029.4