Online Master of Legal Studies from Pepperdine Law
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Enhance Your Legal Skills to Advance in Your Field
Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Legal Studies program enables nonlawyers to develop superior legal expertise and credentials to advance within their chosen field. Students analyze and interpret legal concepts to make more informed decisions at work and enhance their professional credibility with their partners, clients, constituents, and employers. Students also have the option of choosing a concentration in human resources or dispute resolution, which offers courses through Pepperdine Law’s Straus Institute—top-ranked for dispute resolution by U.S. News & World Report.
Pepperdine Law is ABA accredited, and our accomplished, accessible faculty is committed to providing a professional learning experience both online and on campus.
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Enhancing your legal skills and your understanding of complex legal concepts can help advance your career. Request information today to learn more about Pepperdine’s online Master of Legal Studies program.
Master of Legal Studies Curriculum
The Master of Legal Studies curriculum focuses on areas of law that touch nearly every industry, including legal research, litigation, regulatory compliance, negotiation, and torts. The program consists of 32 units and can be completed on a full-time basis in as few as 16 months or a part-time basis in 28 months.
As part of the MLS program, students have the opportunity to focus their degree by choosing a concentration in dispute resolution or human resources to achieve their particular needs.
As the need for conflict resolution and negotiation skills increases, a formal background in dispute resolution is an optimal choice for many legal professionals. Students who choose this concentration hone their legal skills in arbitration and conflict medation. Courses are taught through Pepperdine Law’s Straus Institute, top-ranked for dispute resolution by U.S. News & World Report.
Students in this concentration gain a solid understanding of the legal system and employment law. Through specialized course work, students will strengthen their ability to accomplish daily responsibilities such as hiring and termination, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and salary negotiation.
The online Master of Legal Studies program prepares students to apply their legal knowledge to critical reasoning, written and oral communication, and professional skills. Upon completion of the legal studies program, graduates will:
- Identify and interpret foundational legal concepts in the areas of substantive law, legal theory, and procedure.
- Use legal analysis to examine and interpret cases, statutes, and regulations.
- Define the scope of a legal research question, determine key concepts, and retrieve relevant information using simple search techniques.
- Describe the fundamental structure and process for how the US legal system works, with emphasis specific to their area of interest.
- Recognize basic and obvious ethical issues and grasp the complexities or interrelationships among them.
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Learn more about Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Legal Studies program and how it can equip you with the legal skills needed to advance in your role.
Online Master of Legal Studies Class Profile
Our Master of Legal Studies program includes students with diverse backgrounds, professional experiences, and viewpoints. These various perspectives improve the classroom experience by creating more nuanced discussion and debate. Explore the class profile of the current students in Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Legal Studies program.
Choosing the Right Graduate Degree for Your Goals
When considering a graduate degree, it is important for professionals to think not just about the credentials behind their names but also the skills that will closely align with their goals. Earning an MLS can have similar benefits to earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Juris Doctor (JD), but the MLS degree offers a focused curriculum that prepares students with knowledge of relevant legal concepts that can be used in a variety of roles and industries.
Learn more about the differences between earning an MLS, MBA, or JD:
Career Opportunities with a Master of Legal Studies Degree
Pepperdine Law students come from various backgrounds and work in diverse industries, and a Master of Legal Studies can help them more effectively perform their law-related responsibilities. With a Master of Legal Studies, professionals in many fields can improve their ability to interpret legal concepts and better understand the law as it relates to their job. These roles may include:
Legal Consultantswho advise on contracts and compliance
Paralegalswho research and draft legal documents
Administratorswho navigate complex healthcare laws
Politicianswho work to shape public policy
Consultantswho serve lawyers and law firms
HR Professionalswho handle compliance with workplace policies
The Online Experience
The online Master of Legal Studies program combines self-paced weekly course work with live online classes hosted using the interactive Zoom video-conferencing platform, creating a truly engaging classroom experience. The convenience of our online learning environment allows students to build new legal skills while continuing to work.