A wide range of careers today demand an understanding of law and legal principles, from corporate compliance and human relations positions to positions in government and social service agencies. GGU’s Master in Law Studies (MLS) degree prepares graduates for law-related careers that do not require a law license. MLS students learn to analyze and apply legal arguments and theories to everyday situations without the need to become a practicing attorney. MLS students gain a foundation in law and the critical thinking skills needed to work with lawyers and legal matters in legal-adjacent professions. MLS courses are taught by law faculty and students have access to all GGU School of Law academic resources. MLS courses are available in-person or online for students studying full- and part-time.

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The MLS consists of 30 credits - a seven-course, 21-credit core covering the range of basic, substantive areas of legal knowledge, as well as three elective courses, each worth three credits, that will introduce students to specialty legal areas in high demand.

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 Learning Outcomes

MLS students will learn to apply legal analysis to critically interpret and explain legal issues. In addition, many students seek legal training to prepare them to be better poised to attend and succeed in law school and become practicing lawyers.

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 Career Opportunities

In today's market, there is an increasing demand for experts with advanced legal knowledge but without a JD. MLS graduates can use their knowledge and skills in a variety of professional legal settings for non-lawyers, including, but not limited to legal assistant, contracts officer, management consultant, compliance officer, government official, paralegal, corporate ethics officer, lobbyist, social worker, educator, public affairs specialist, human resources professional, court administrator, financial officer, health care administrator, grants officer, and many more.

 Learning Modes

The MLS program is offered fully in person in San Francisco or fully online.