Willamette's Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is a one-year master's program designed for professionals whose work involves knowing and complying with the law. MLS students work with a law school advisor to develop a set of courses to meet their specific career needs or goals. Students can pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time basis.
Possible areas of concentration include:
- Business Law
- Employment and Labor Law
- Environmental Law
- Healthcare Law
- Real Estate and Land Use Law
- State and Local Government Law
- Tax and Estate Planning
The program is designed with flexibility in mind, so an HR manager can pursue a course concentration in employment law, while a healthcare professional can focus on healthcare law. Students pursuing the MLS degree must complete 24 credit hours of coursework at the law school.
The MLS is not intended to prepare students for the J.D. program. In compliance with rules of the American Bar Association, no credit may be given toward the J.D. for any courses taken in the MLS program.
Learn more about how to apply to the MLS program at: willamette.edu/wucl/admission/apply/mls/index.html.