Human Rights Concentration

Master of Legal Studies

A meeting of the members of the UN Economic and Social Council

A meeting of the members of the UN Economic and Social Council. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Learn about the Online MLS with a concentration in human rights.

Human rights advocates, policy-makers, law enforcement, military personnel, and socially responsible corporate actors are among those who would benefit from professional training in human rights law. Taught by experts in the field who actively work on cutting edge human rights advocacy and impact litigation, this MLS concentration provides students with the legal foundation and tools to advocate against, or to avoid, human rights violations in a diverse range of contexts.

* Indicates courses offered in person and/or online

Required Core Courses (18 UNITS)

  • LAW 501* - Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 502A* - American Common Law System I (3 units)
  • LAW 502B* - American Common Law System II (3 units)
  • LAW 504* - American Public Law System (3 units)
  • LAW 507* - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units)
  • Law 540Aor LAW 650 - International Human Rights (2-3 units)

Elective Course Requirements (12 UNITS)

Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible electives can be found on the course schedules pages.  Additional elective credits (up to 6 units) may be taken through the online Human Rights Practice Program.

  • LAW 527 - International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
  • LAW 550A* - Native American Law and Policy
  • LAW 551 - Introduction to Public International Law or LAW 670 Public International Law
  • LAW 553* - Introduction to Immigration Law and Policy
  • LAW 569* - Native American Family and Domestic Relations Law
  • LAW 572A - Addressing Domestic Violence
  • LAW 614 - Disability Law
  • LAW 615E - Freedom of Speech and Religion
  • LAW 631H - Critical Race Practice
  • LAW 631F - Law and Culture
  • LAW 631J - Making Change Happen
  • LAW 631L - Constitutions of Indigenous Nations
  • LAW 631M - Comparative Legal Systems and Their Role in Nation Building
  • LAW 641B - Poverty, Health and Law
  • LAW 643D* - Native American Natural Resources
  • LAW 656G - Comparative Law on Indigenous Peoples
  • LAW 673A - Justice, Law and Capitalism
  • LAW 695B - Gender and the Law
  • LAW 697D - International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop
  • LAW 696K - Refugee Law and Policy