Master of Legal Studies

December 15, 2021
January 10, 2022
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UC Online’s MLS Degree

Our online Master of Legal Studies program is designed to grant students a working knowledge of the law that they can put to use in an industry or career that interacts with the law. This degree provides new skills and knowledge to enhance  your existing skills rather than prepare you for a new career.  The MLS program may provide alternatives for individuals who do not want to attend law school but do want to increase their legal knowledge. Master of Legal Studies degree students may enter the program for a variety of reasons; such as working with legal professionals regularly, working in highly regulated industries, or are business owners that want to be able to handle more legal aspects of their business.

This fully online, asynchronous legal studies program is designed for working professionals who would benefit from a sophisticated understanding of the U.S. legal system but do not intend to practice law.  It helps professionals understand laws and regulations so they can perform better in their current and future roles.

A Master of Legal Studies degree from Cincinnati Law can help you:Waived Application Fee Spring '22
  • Add value to your current role through greater understanding of how the law intersects with your responsibilities
  • Increase your competitiveness as a job applicant by holding a master’s degree in legal studies
  • Enhance your resume by developing skills in specialized areas of the law
Master of Legal Studies Program Highlights:
  • Fully online and asynchronous: No campus visits are required and the program’s online format enables students to complete all degree requirements without having to relocate to the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.
  • Employment opportunities:  The University of Cincinnati’s College of Law partners with businesses to create pathways for their employees to become MLS online students and participate in a capstone related to their field of interest.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the demand for professionals with MLS degrees in law for non-lawyers is growing 15% through 2026.
  • Ranking:  The University of Cincinnati’s online programs consistently rank among the nation’s very best by U.S. News and World Report.
    • UC’s College of Law ranks in the top 40 public law schools among the “2022 Best Law Schools” report from U.S. News & World Report.
      • Ranks in the top 3 most affordable law schools.
      • Ranks in the top 50 law schools for student quality.


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