Master of Legal Studies Degree

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The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) graduate degree at CSU|LAW offers an exciting opportunity to enhance your career credentials by gaining applied legal knowledge without obtaining a law degree, sitting for the bar, or practicing law.

MLS students take some of the same classes as the JD students studying to become lawyers, but are able to take fewer classes and focus on the specialized areas that will specifically enhance their careers. While most students enroll in the program part-time, full-time study is also an option.

For more information on the MLS curriculum, click here.

 We also offer a completely online MLS in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy designed for professionals at all levels who need to understand the significant legal and business risks posed by data security and privacy. For more information, click here. 

Who can benefit from a Master of Legal Studies?

The MLS program is designed for non-lawyers who work regularly with laws and regulations and could benefit from a greater understanding of the law as it relates to their field in a current or future position.

An MLS degree can help an employee stand out within an organization or profession as someone who can interact with counsel, protect ideas and organizational assets, assess the need for regulation and work efficiently with changing legislation, such as health care reform and compliance. Click here to see if this program makes sense for you.

For more information and to determine if this program is the right fit for you, contact Julie DiBiasio, Director of Graduate Studies and Professional Development, at mls.programnull@law.csuohio.nulledu or 216.687.2328.

How To Apply

To be considered for admission, please complete the Application Cover Page and email your application materials to the email address below as PDF attachments.

Email application documents to: mls.programnull@law.csuohio.nulledu

Application Requirements:

  • Application Cover Page 
  • Official transcript showing the applicant has earned a Bachelor’s degree 
  • Additional official transcripts of all other college, graduate, and professional studies, whether a degree was obtained or not
  • A current resume
  • A personal essay describing how you expect to use the knowledge acquired in pursuing the MLS degree
  • NOTE: Applicants with a final undergraduate grade point average under 3.0 must also submit a standardized test score. LSAT, GRE, or GMAT are acceptable. 

Application Deadlines: 

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once we receive your application, we will contact you for next steps.

For questions, contact Julie DiBiasio, Director of Graduate Studies and Professional Development, at mls.programnull@law.csuohio.nulledu or 216.687.2328

Applicants to the MLS program should understand that the MLS is not intended to prepare students for the JD program. Further, under rules promulgated by the American Bar Association, the accrediting body for law schools, no credit may be given towards the JD for any courses taken in the MLS program. However, students who successfully complete courses in the MLS program will have a better understanding of law than people who have not. If they eventually do enroll in a JD program, the MLS experience might prove beneficial.

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Email: mls.programnull@law.csuohio.nulledu

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