MASTER OF LEGAL STUDIES
The Master of Legal Studies: The Legal Degree for Any Profession.
The one-year executive Master of Legal Studies program immerses students in the law and the intricacies of the U.S. legal system. You'll build a strong foundation for working with and understanding law and regulation—without the cost and time required to earn a JD.
The MLS program is offered in two convenient formats: entirely online, and in-person at the University of Utah Salt Lake City Main Campus.
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Achieving a mindset shift: Meet MLS student Raveena GhagNov 02, 2023
Raveena Ghag’s bachelor’s degree in communication gave her a foundation in writing and passion for creating social media content—and the Master’s in Legal Studies degree […]
Honoring a tradition of education: Anna-Cajsa Gipson looks forward to earning her MLSOct 11, 2023
Anna-Cajsa Gipson was a stay-at-home mom for nearly 23 years before reentering the workforce and pursuing an advanced degree through the Master of Legal Studies […]
Why Earn a Master of Legal Studies?
"The connections I made in the MLS program were life-changing. I gained a new network in my professors and classmates, and the curriculum expanded my horizons and my point of view."
—Raelene Blocker, MLS graduate, basic and domestic mediator
"The MLS program accommodated the demands of my corporate position while delivering high-quality education at a reasonable price. This program has sharpened my skills and delivered my employer two to three times the return on investment, which in turn resulted in my promotion."
— Lenny Ogomo, MLS graduate, director of quality assurance
“Human resources professionals with a Master of Legal Studies degree will be much better prepared to help companies address complex employment issues.“
— Christina Jepson, MLS professor and shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer
“The MLS is a confidence booster, affording students the chance to learn legal research, the regulatory system, and conflict resolution. Now I have a broader and clearer perspective on new career arcs and a much better understanding of implications of the law on everyday matters.”
— Diane Maggipinto, MLS graduate, broadcast journalist and host
Earning an MLS was the key to career advancement for alumnus Ethan Webster. “The moment that I put that Master of Legal Studies on my resume, it opened up all the doors. The degree will give you something useful in any job field.”