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The one-year Master of Legal Studies program offers a cutting-edge curriculum that immerses students in the law and the intricacies of the U.S. legal system without investing three years to earn a JD.

If you need a strong foundation for working with and understanding law and regulation, Utah Law's MLS program could be for you! Bolster your legal acumen and advance in your current role—or expand your employment prospects in a wide range of professions.

Register for upcoming virtual information sessions below! You can also watch recordings of past information sessions.



MLS Information Session: Meet a professor
Learn about the MLS from our program director, and meet a professor who teaches courses in the program.
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MLS Information Session: Meet an alumna
Our alumna Shelby shares what she gained from the program⁠—and meet her employer, who explains why Shelby's new skill set is so valuable.
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Master of Legal Studies


Our Master of Legal Studies program is an option for learning about the law without getting a JD. It can increase job opportunities for a wide range of professions. If you find yourself needing a better foundation for working with and understanding law and regulation without becoming a lawyer, this degree may be right for you. The MLS program offers two flexible formats in order to complete the program: an in-person weekend format or a fully online format. In addition, we also have a new distance campus in St. George, Utah.

Our graduates advance their knowledge of the legal system. They return to their professions knowing how to speak the language of the law and how to better manage legal issues. The program's curriculum is useful and practical, delivered by top legal faculty at the nationally-ranked University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Graduates can think and communicate broadly about legal issues affecting their field, understand contemporary legal issues, and know the practical implications of the law.

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited color or university
  • The MLS application does not require a standardized test score (GRE, GMAT, MAT, LSAT)
  • Applicants need to demonstrate a track record of professional experience
  • Applicants need to compile a competitive grade point average in undergraduate work. Some exceptions will be made based on career experience and length of time between undergraduate degree and MLS application.

Unlike other professional school programs, the MLS does not require a standardized test score (GRE, GMAT, MAT, LSAT). This is in keeping with our philosophy that the program is designed to help working professionals leverage an understanding of the law to be more effective in their chosen career.

The 30-credit program lasts one year (three semesters). For the in-person program, classes meet every other weekend on Friday and Saturday to accommodate the schedule of working professionals, typically starting mid-August and ending in mid-August of the following year.

The online program is also a 30-credit program and lasts one year (three semesters). Students will be registered for set courses each semester, but the course work for each class can be done at a student’s own pace.

For prospective students living in or near St. George, Utah, we will be starting up a distance campus for the 2022-2023 school year. Students attending from our distance campus will attend classes every other weekend with the in-person cohort in Salt Lake via a distance classroom in St. George linked by video technology.

The MLS degree does not qualify graduates to sit for the bar exam or to practice law. Credits taken toward the MLS degree cannot be transferred to a JD degree.

The MLS program is ideal for a wide range of careers and positions. MLS graduates hail from many different undergraduate backgrounds and industries, including, HR, compliance and risk management, court personnel, paralegals and other legal paraprofessionals, law enforcement, management, mediation, and conflict resolution, to name just a few.