Why Legal Studies?
A Professional Legal Education for Nonlawyers
The legal system affects nearly every industry in some way. Whether professionals want to improve their current job performance or move into a different field, they can enhance their knowledge of US law and important legal concepts with a degree in legal studies.
- The Value of a Master's in Legal Studies
- Comparing an MBA to an MLS: Which Degree Is Right for You?
- Career Advancement for Paralegals and Legal Professionals
- Other Professionals Who Benefit from a Master of Legal Studies
A Master of Legal Studies program offers the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of many fundamental areas of the law without becoming a practicing attorney. Unlike traditional JD programs, no LSAT scores are required to apply to Pepperdine’s online program, and the program can be completed in as few as 16 months.
To effectively analyze legal situations or perform law-related responsibilities, professionals need to know the right questions to ask and how to approach legal challenges. Employers value individuals who can apply complex legal reasoning to their tasks. Pepperdine’s online Master of Legal Studies program provides students with the tools to think critically about the wide range of legal subjects covered in our curriculum.
When considering earning a master’s for career advancement, it’s important for professionals to think about not just the credentials behind their names, but the skills they will need.
A Master of Legal Studies is a specialized degree program that can help legally minded professionals stand out in a crowded job market. Students will enhance many of the same soft skills as in an MBA program, such as communication, critical thinking, and problem solving, but they will focus on gaining expertise in law instead of management and quantitative skills.
Master of Business Administration
While MBA programs can vary widely, students in a typical MBA program can expect to:
Master of Legal Studies
In Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Legal Studies program, students can expect to:
A Master of Legal Studies can help legal professionals, particularly paralegals, gain a more comprehensive understanding of the terminology and inner workings of the US legal system. Paralegals will develop the skills to:
- Perform more efficient research.
- Prepare more thorough documentation.
- Be more informed when communicating with lawyers.
Pepperdine Law’s online program also prepares paralegals with hands-on experience they can bring to their law firms through mock classroom exercises, multimedia simulations, and other interactive learning tools. They will benefit from the diverse insights of their professors and classmates as they debate in face-to-face online classes and work together during two in-person weekend residencies.
Because our program allows students to tailor their learning experience with an array of elective courses, they can develop expertise in different industries and areas of the law. This can help current and aspiring paralegals prepare to specialize in areas such as intellectual property, immigration, litigation, family law, probate, estate planning, or real estate.
A combination of real-world experience, legal expertise, and master’s degree credentials can help paralegals increase their earning potential and become more valuable to employers.
Many ideal candidates for Pepperdine’s Master of Legal Studies program perform law-related tasks in their current roles, such as negotiating contracts, ensuring compliance with industry regulations, navigating complex healthcare laws, or working closely with lawyers. Our students come from various backgrounds and work in diverse industries.
Business, Finance, and Investment
Business and finance professionals can make smarter decisions and ensure compliance with regulations and corporate governance by gaining expertise in contracts, compliance, and negotiation. A legal studies education can also give individuals a foundation in the legal aspects of investing in or starting a business. These professionals include:
Politics and Government
A background in negotiation and the current legal system can help professionals involved in the process of creating and implementing laws, mediating between parties, and analyzing or drafting laws and regulations. These professionals include:
Additional Career Paths
Professionals in a number of other fields can also enhance their skills with a Master of Legal Studies:
Get Started with Pepperdine Law
Pepperdine Law has an established reputation for providing a superior legal education and practical training. Begin an application to our online Master of Legal Studies program today.