The Master of Legal Studies is for nonlawyer professionals who work regularly with lawyers and legal issues. It was created specifically for those who do not wish to practice law, but would like to use the law as a means to achieve goals in environments where law is too often seen as an obstacle.
The Master of Legal Studies curriculum was developed specifically to provide working, nonlawyer professionals with the skills necessary to understand, navigate, and leverage legal issues that may arise across highly regulated industries. The program helps these professionals work effectively with counsel when a lawyer’s involvement is necessary and work independently when a lawyer isn’t required. Through foundational and core courses, students will be introduced to a broad understanding of the law, followed by a focus on legal issues in specific industries through elective courses. Given the significant role of legal principles in the health, business, and the human resources fields, we offer concentrations in health law, business law, human resources law, and intellectual property law. Students can also complete a general track and choose their own electives. Each student will have the opportunity to engage with a dedicated advising team, as well as a career coach, to ensure the curriculum matches their individual passions and career goals.
- Receive full support from advising through the School of Law
- Specialize in one of four industry-specific concentrations
- Flexible format allows working adults to take classes when it fits their professional and personal schedules
- To learn more about our online learning format, watch our video to learn more from students and faculty members about the online experience in the Master of Legal Studies program.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Online application
- Professional resumé
- Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
- A personal statement (500-1000 words) identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague. Recommenders should submit the Graduate Studies Recommender Form and upload a written evaluation to the application.
- Official TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers only)
- GRE or LSAT scores (optional)
|Early Consideration:||February 14, 2020|
|Dean's Scholarship:||April 10, 2020|
|Regular Admission:||April 24, 2020|
|Class Start Date:||May 4, 2020|
|Early Consideration:||June 5, 2020|
|Dean's Scholarship:||July 31, 2020|
|Regular Admissions:||August 14, 2020|
|Class Start Date:||August 24, 2020|
|Early Consideration:||October 16, 2020|
|Dean's Scholarship:||December 4, 2020|
|Regular Admission:||December 11, 2020|
|Class Start Date:||January 4, 2021|
|Early Consideration:||February 12, 2021|
|Dean's Scholarship:||April 9, 2021|
|Regular Admission:||April 23, 2021|
|Class Start Date:||May 3, 2021|
Complete at least four of the following:
Students who prefer not to pursue a concentration may take 9-12 hours of electives in any specialty area.
A concentration is not required, students may complete electives in lieu of a concentration.
Choose one from the following:
Students may take either LS 6230 or LS 6210.
The Experiential Network (XN) is a new initiative built to ensure experiential learning opportunities for graduate and professional studies students and to further enhance Northeastern’s position as the global leader in experiential learning for all students. Participation in XN projects allows students to apply classroom theory to practice and grow their professional networks while contributing to a real-world organization’s ability to move forward on project-based work and connect with rising professional talent.
XN projects give MLS students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real-world practice by working with different sponsors on a wide array of projects in real-world workplaces. Through execution of six-week virtual projects, students are able to apply what they’ve learned in class in a real-world context, gain valuable experience to enhance their resumé, gain confidence, and build their professional networks. Along with the XN project, students are enrolled in a noncredit instructor-facilitated online course to help coach and mentor them through this real-world project experience. Students receive faculty direction, professional development, coaching and mentoring, and feedback to help ensure a satisfactory experience for our students and sponsors.
Potential MLS Student Projects
- Researching legal issues for a healthcare organization
- Performing an analysis of the regulatory environment for a financial services company
- Evaluating an organization’s compliance strategy for workplace anti-discrimination laws
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global nongovernmental organizations. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster a lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Law & Criminology alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- City of Boston
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Department of Justice
What They Do
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
What They're Skilled At
- Legal Research
- Legal Writing
- Public Speaking
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.