Our Curriculum

The Master of Legal Studies curriculum was developed specifically for working, non-lawyer professionals across several highly regulated industries. Foundation and core courses will give you a broad and solid legal background. After gaining a general grounding in the law, you will focus on legal issues in specific industries through elective courses. We offer concentrations in Health Law, Business Law and Human Resources Law, and professionals in other industries can access a wide array of electives. A career counselor is available to work with each student to make sure that your curriculum matches your individual passions and career goals. Courses listed here represent intended offerings, but scheduling requirements may cause changes such that actual offerings differ slightly from those listed here.


Course Format

The Master of Legal Studies is offered in a 100-percent online format. So no matter where you are, you can take advantage of the program’s challenging classes and expert faculty. This flexible format was designed to suit the needs of non-lawyer professionals.

Our small online class sizes allow you to take courses on your own schedule while interacting with professors and classmates through discussion boards and other technology. Classes benefit from Northeastern’s signature experiential learning model, drawing on case studies, scenarios, and your current professional experiences to make real-world connections.


Program Length

As a student in this program, you will take one course per eight-week term, with two terms in each sixteen-week semester (fall, spring, and summer). This format allows you to complete coursework as a part-time student within 10 terms, the equivalent of five semesters, or a year and a half. Students may petition to take more than one course per term.