General MLS Degree Path

The General Masters of Legal Studies degree is designed to provide students with a thorough introduction to the major areas of law and legal practice. Students completing this MLS degree will complete a rigorous curriculum covering core substantive areas of the law. In addition, they will be able to pursue specialized courses and interdisciplinary study. This degree is perfect for the student whose job or career path requires a working knowledge of a broad spectrum of legal concepts and procedures. The MLS may also be the answer for students who seek to move into a law-oriented field, but are currently unsure of the particular area in which they will work.

MLS student and international student advisor Rocio Ruiz tailored her curriculum to meet her professional and personal interests.
MLS student“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.”


  • 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)


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 on the course schedules pages.
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