General MLS Degree Path

The General Masters of Legal Studies degree provides you with a thorough introduction to the major areas of law and legal practice.

You will complete a rigorous curriculum covering core substantive areas of the law. In addition, you will be able to pursue specialized courses and interdisciplinary study. This degree is perfect if your job or career path requires a working knowledge of a broad spectrum of legal concepts and procedures. The MLS may also be the answer if you seek to move into a law-oriented field, but are currently unsure of the particular area in which you will work.

Required Core Courses (15 UNITS)

  • LAW 501 - Procedure (civil, criminal, and administrative procedure)
  • LAW 502A - The American Common Law System I (torts, contracts)
  • LAW 502B - The American Common Law System II (property)
  • LAW 504 - The American Public Law System (constitutional law)
  • LAW 507 - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units)

Elective Course Requirements (15 UNITS)

Complete 15 units from the following listed 500-level LAW courses or any additional 600-level course offered by the College of Law that is approved in advance by the program director. Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible law courses can be found in the course schedule.

  • Native American Law/Policy
  • Public International Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Environmental Law/Policy
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Legislative Analysis
  • Criminal Law
  • Business Law
  • Legal Internship

Student Snapshot

I work with international students coming to the U.S., and I wanted to expand my knowledge of immigration law.

The MLS program allowed me to design my own curriculum, incorporating classes in immigration law, refugee law, international human rights, gender and the law, and other areas of interest.

I am learning things directly applicable to my field, which has definitely had an impact on my professional career for the better.”

—Rocio Ruiz, an MLS student and international student advisor who tailored her curriculum to meet her professional and personal interests

Key Contacts

Keith Swisher
Professor of Legal Ethics; Director, BA in Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs

Mark L.M. Blair
Associate Director, Master of Legal Studies Program; Undergraduate Law Program

Linus Kafka
Assistant Director, Careers and Outreach, Master of Legal Studies Program; Undergraduate Law Program