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NCU Catalog - April 2018 
NCU Catalog - April 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Legal Studies, MLS

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Master of Legal Studies

Description of Program

The Master of Legal Studies program (MLS) is a 33 credit-hour program consisting of 11 courses. The MLS program is designed to meet the needs of business or academic professionals such as educators, managers, HR professionals, or counselors, whose work intersects with, and is greatly impacted by, the law. MLS students learn the foundations of U.S. law and develop their skills in critical thinking, legal research and analysis, and communication of findings and positions to identified audiences. These skills are based in the Core Competencies articulated by the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE).

**Note: Program availability may vary by state - please contact the Enrollment Office for more information**

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the role of law and legal systems in the 21st century
  • Explain issues and concepts associated with law and legal systems
  • Apply ethical principles and the Professional Code of Responsibility in professional conduct and decision-making
  • Assess information in terms of its efficacy in solving problems encountered in a legal environment
  • Create documents, reports, and solutions based on legal research

Basis for Admissions

Admission to a Master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s and/or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Time to Completion

NCU allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master’s programs.

Normal time to completion for this program is 41 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

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