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Master of Legal Studies

​​​​​​​​​​DePaul’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is specifically designed for professionals who do not seek to practice law, but who regularly encounter legal issues in their work and/or would benefit from specialized legal knowledge. For added flexibility, DePaul College of Law also offers the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program online​​.

Specialized Legal Training

In the MLS program, you gain both general and concentrated legal training related to your area of interest. You learn the process of legal analysis by examining cases, laws and regulations. You develop the ability to conduct effective and relevant legal research as well as to communicate clearly and analytically. You also learn how to think critically about legal issues and correctly apply current legal authority.

Stand Out as a Professional

As an MLS graduate, you will stand out as a professional who can effectively and comfortably communicate with legal counsel, and who can assess the needs of the organization as the laws and regulations evolve in your profession.

The MLS program offers specialized legal training that will benefit a variety of professionals, including:

  • Doctors, nurses, public health workers and other health care administrators​​
  • Nonprofit professionals
  • Compliance professionals
  • Development officers
  • Contract analysts
  • Journalists
  • Business executives, supervisors, managers and entrepreneurs
  • Librarians and educators
  • Risk and quality assurance managers
  • Real estate professionals
  • Financial and estate planners and other investment advisors
  • Human resource and employee benefits professionals
  • Tax specialists, accountants and CPAs
  • Mediators and labor and employment negotiators
  • Policy makers, lobbyists and government regulators
  • Police officers, social workers and psychologists

Application Information

MLS program applications are now being accepted for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.


Application Information - MLS Online

An affordable, flexible and interactive MLS degree.


Information Session

Tour our facilities and learn about the admission process by attending an informational session.