About the Program

Northeastern’s Master of Legal Studies is built around the needs of professionals outside the law. If you are a non-lawyer professional who often encounters legal concepts and interacts with lawyers, this program is designed specifically for you. Our courses, customized in both content and format to fit your needs, are taught by law school faculty and industry experts who give you the practical knowledge you need to more effectively navigate legal issues in your industry. And each course is infused with Northeastern’s hallmark approach to education—experiential learning.

Our Master of Legal Studies students also receive full support from Northeastern’s top-ranked Department of Career Development office, including specific programs created for distance learners and graduate students, ensuring that each student will graduate the program Networked for Life.

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This unique program is tailored to the needs of non-lawyers, and features a curriculum that will allow you to understand and apply legal concepts within the context of your own profession and field.

Those who might be interested in the Master of Legal Studies include professionals from non-profit organizations, foundations, financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, insurance firms, compliance departments, and other commercial and non-commercial settings.

Some professionals that would benefit from this program include:

• Human Resources Professional

• Claims Representative

• Loan Officer

• Real Estate Broker

• Risk Manager

• Management Consultant

• Development Officer

• Software Entrepreneur

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Due to rapidly expanding forms of regulation and an increasingly complex legal environment, professionals across various fields have a growing need for a grounding in the law. Northeastern’s Master of Legal Studies degree will provide you with the unique opportunity to learn legal concepts without having to obtain a Juris Doctor.

The program will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the law and can also help you become an expert in legal issues within your own industry. This customized curriculum will provide you with the opportunity to advance your career.

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The Northeastern University network spans the globe. With the support of more than 3,000 employer partners and 200,000 alumni, Northeastern students are Networked for Success. As a Master of Legal Studies student, you will have access to all of our campus resources, including our research library, career services, and various conferences and presentations. Wherever your location, you will graduate prepared and Networked for Life.