Curriculum: Master of Legal Studies

August 08, 2022
August 22, 2022
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The comprehensive course curriculum is designed to help you benefit from a sophisticated understanding of the U.S. Legal system.  The program will over two introductory courses and eight upper-level courses that concentrate on business-related subjects, building on and eventually supplementing, UC College of Law’s strength in business law.

The program will also help you to stay ahead of current legal trends and issues.  Many graduates of our online Master of Legal Studies degree program advance in their current careers upon obtaining new skills and knowledge pertaining to the legal system.

Master of Legal Studies Program Highlights:
  • Graduate in as few as 1.5 years taking 6 credits per semester for 5 total semesters
  • 30 total semester hours taught 100% online
  • Three enrollment periods each year: 1 fall, 1 spring, 1 summer
  • Curriculum combines cutting-edge theory with real-world application
Master of Legal Studies Courses include:
  • Legal Research and Communication
  • Introduction to Law
  • Business Law
  • Risk Management
  • Privacy & Cybersecurity Law
  • Contracts: Negotiation, Formation & Interpretation
  • Administrative Law
  • Compliance
  • Employment Law
  • Capstone Experience

Introduction to Law

The course introduces students to the essential vocabulary and concepts needed to work within the U.S. legal system. The course provides an introduction to substantive areas of the law which serve as the foundation for upper-level courses. The Constitutional Law portion of this course introduces students to the Constitution’s enumeration and limitation of the powers of the national government, the principles of federalism and the sovereignty of states in the federal system, the distribution of powers across the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national government, and the practice of judicial review. Additional content areas included Tort Law and Property Law may be included. Finally, this course will also include an orientation to the MLS program.

Business Law

This course covers major topics in the law of agency, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations, as well as select aspects of the federal securities laws. Using real-world examples and documents, students will learn the default legal rules governing the internal and external relationships of business entities. Students also will consider ethical issues relevant to the substantive legal issues addressed in the course.


This course focuses on the importance for business entities to adopt strong internal controls, federal and state regulation of minimum internal control standards, and best practices with respect to structuring internal controls. Students will evaluate control paradigms against the goal of maintaining efficient communication channels between management and employees, ensuring the accuracy of information submitted to regulatory authorities, and detecting illegal or disruptive conduct in a timely manner. The course will also discuss investigation protocols as well as issues and challenges in the investigation process. Students will consider ethical issues relevant to the substantive legal issues addressed in the course.

Risk Management

This course introduces students to best practices related to the management of legal and related business risk. The course explores risk management processes and strategies as well as the metrics used to measure compliance with regulations. Students will learn how to identify, assess, and prioritize risk and to develop a risk management plan.?

Privacy and Cybersecurity Law

This course focuses on the legal and regulatory framework governing data privacy and cybersecurity. With an emphasis on financial data and personally identifiable information, the course will introduce students to regulations and safeguards that protect organizational and client privacy. Students will develop skills essential to the implementation of strategies for maintaining security compliance and managing related risks.

Contracts: Negotiation, Formation and Interpretation

This course introduces students to the law that governs agreements for the future exchange of performances. Topics include conditions for contract formations, interpretations, resolution of ambiguities, and remedies for breach. This course will also take students through a hypothetical contractual process from negotiating the term sheets, to drafting the contract, to closing the transaction, and ending with post-closing obligations. Through this exercise, students will acquire a detailed understanding of the practical aspects of deal negotiations and execution, the timelines, and the major components of a negotiated contract. Students will consider ethical issues relevant to the substantive legal issues addressed in the course.

Employment Law

This course covers regulations on the relationship between employees, managers, and business owners that are implemented to ensure a safe, fair, and respectful work environment. The course discusses the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, introduces students to the law against discrimination in hiring, promotion and termination, and covers issues such as privacy in the workplace, adequate compensation, as well as workplace safety. The course also introduces students to theories and research on labor unions and labor-management relations, encouraging them to consider how insights from social theories and research can inform legal practice. Students will consider ethical issues relevant to the substantive legal issues addressed in the course.

Administrative Law

Government agencies increasingly regulate the marketplace, establish and enforce rules pertinent to the health and safety of people, and provide basic services. This Administrative Law course explores the constitutional powers and limitations on agency actions, judicial review of agencies, and the procedures with which agencies must comply in regulating or providing benefits. Students will consider ethical issues relevant to the substantive legal issues addressed in the course.

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