The Master of Legal Studies is a distinctive program built from the ground up for the aspiring professional eager to enhance his or her understanding of the law and to help employers navigate complex regulatory terrain. The Master of Legal Studies is for non-lawyer 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.

Our courses — customized around content critical to specific professionals — are taught by law school faculty and industry experts who give students the practical knowledge they need to more effectively address legal issues in your industry. Each course is infused with Northeastern’s hallmark approach to education — experiential learning.

The online format allows working adults to take classes when it fits your professional and personal schedules. State-of-the-art technology connects students to their teachers, building life-long relationships and adding value to students’ careers. Watch our video to learn more from students and faculty members about the online experience in the Master of Legal Studies program.

Every Master of Legal Studies student has access to a career coach. The career coach works with MLS students to create a Career Action Plan to help students achieve their own professional goals and to support them in their career exploration and job search processes. Additionally, career coaches support students in choosing the appropriate Experiential Network opportunity, a real-life project for an employer, that helps students gain experience and build their resume and networks.  Master of Legal Studies students also have access to career workshops and tools especially designed for distance learners and graduate students, helping MLS students become networked for life!  

Use the law to your advantage. In this fast-moving, dynamic environment, Northeastern’s Master of Legal Studies will give you the tools, skills, and expertise to thrive and grow in your industry — and to leverage the law to reach your personal and institutional goals.

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Information for Northeastern Employees

Northeastern faculty, staff and dependents eligible for tuition waivers under current Northeastern human resources policies can now apply them toward the MLS program. For more information, please contact the Human Resource Management (HRM) Customer Service Center at (617) 373-2230 or

Am I right for this program?

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.

  • Compliance
  • Communications
  • Contract Management and Procurement
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Insurance and Claims
  • Journalism
  • Lobbying and Government Affairs
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Why a Master of Legal Studies?

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. If you are in a highly regulated industry, Northeastern’s Master of Legal Studies will provide you with a pathway through this maze of regulation. You will have 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 help you become an expert in legal issues within your own industry. The customized curriculum will provide you with the flexibility to understand, analyze and interpret your professional environment through a legal lens, giving you the opportunity to advance your company and your career. 

What is the Northeastern Network?

The Northeastern University network spans the globe. With the support of more than 3,000 employer partners and 200,000 graduates, 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, and various conferences and presentations. Wherever your location, you will graduate prepared and Networked for Life.