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National University Volume 86B-2 Catalog - April 2024

Master of Law and Business, MLB


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Master of Law and Business


Description of Program


The fully online, asynchronous Master of Law and Business is designed for non-lawyers seeking practical knowledge of the law to achieve their goals in business and other industries where legal knowledge is an asset. Course work includes the foundational concepts of civil litigation, legal research, document drafting, and ethical conduct, and examines the interaction and use of law in interrelated professional environments. All students are required to complete a Capstone course to demonstrate knowledge mastery.

Master of Law and Business students will choose from 4 specializations that allow them to concentrate in a particular area of interest: Healthcare Law, Compliance, and Ethics; Employment Law and Labor Relations; Cross-Cultural Perspectives; and Privacy and Compliance.

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**The University is not currently enrolling students in this program **

Learning Outcomes


  • Examine the structure and operation of the U.S. legal system
  • Demonstrate ethical, professional communication within legal and/or business fields
  • Transform legal research into a well-crafted written document
  • Explore the function of distinct civil actions within the U.S. court system
  • Evaluate contract formation principles through critical thinking and problem-solving behaviors
  • Synthesize legal and/or business theories to support sustainable real-world objectives

Basis for Admissions


Admission to the Master of Law and Business program requires a conferred bachelor’s and/or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution or from an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation. A written Statement of Purpose is also required. GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores are not required.

Degree Requirements


The Master of Law and Business (MLB) requires 30 credit hours for degree completion. The MLB program includes 18 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students to instill and fortify fundamental law and business concepts. The following 9 credit hours in the MLB program concentrate on the specialization which corresponds to the student’s goals and interests. Students complete the program with a 3 credit hour Capstone course.

Students assume full responsibility for understanding the foundational, specialization, and capstone requirements of the MLB program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Academic and Finance Advisors can assist students with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 9 semester credits in transfer toward the MLB for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. Courses considered for transfer must substantially mirror courses in the MLB program. The Dean’s office must approve courses considered for transfer. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

Time to Completion


The University allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 20 months.

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

Course Sequence


The Master of Law and Business program can be completed in 30 credits.

Students who complete at least 9 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization in the MLB program at the University (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma.

The Master of Law and Business program requires the foundation courses to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. Foundation courses must be taken in the listed sequence. MLB-5000 will be completed as the first course in the degree program and the program capstone will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

Cross-Cultural Perspectives Specialization


The Cross-Cultural Perspectives Specialization is intended to increase awareness in multicultural interactions by focusing on diversity challenges in global organizations, understanding immigration law and policies, and bridging the linguistic communication gap. During the program, students engage in situational problem-solving and analyze the evolving complexities in this dynamic multi-faceted field. By the program conclusion graduates will be equipped with the tools to effectively communicate with people of different backgrounds, to comprehend the intricacies and purpose of applicable law, and to engage in effective strategies and best practices across cultural divides.

Employment Law and Labor Relations Specialization


The Employment Law and Labor Relations Specialization is intended to immerse students in the dynamics of human interaction focused on labor and employment laws, regulations that govern human resources, and relationships within organizations. During the program, students engage in situational problem-solving and analyze the evolving complexities in this multi-faceted field. By the program conclusion graduates will be equipped with the tools to navigate the applicable law and understand the regulatory frameworks within the industries, and to strategically work toward implementation of effective strategies and best practices.

Health Care Law, Compliance, and Ethics Specialization


The Healthcare Law, Compliance, and Ethics Specialization is intended to immerse students in the relevant healthcare-related laws, regulations, ethics, and compliance policies which exist across multiple industries.  During the program, students engage in situational problem-solving and analyze the evolving complexities in this dynamic multi-faceted field. By the program conclusion graduates will be equipped with the tools to interpret and evaluate regulatory, compliance, and ethical issues in the field, and to work toward implementation of effective strategies and best practices.

Privacy and Compliance Specialization


The Privacy and Compliance Specialization is intended to empower students with the ability to navigate the complex landscape of privacy requirements, deconstruct different compliance frameworks and laws, and recognize, secure, and defend intellectual property rights. During the program, students engage in situational problem-solving and analyze the evolving complexities in this dynamic multi-faceted field. By the program conclusion graduates will be equipped with the tools to assess the effectiveness of privacy portfolios, compliance programs, and intellectual property laws, and to engage in effective strategies and best practices.

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