Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) provides an advanced study of the specific skills necessary for professionals in a legal, business, government or other professional environment. The program focuses on litigation preparation and conflict resolution. Students will develop a high level of analytical and critical thinking skills, quality writing skills, and the ability to create effective solutions for complex problems.

On Campus and Online
The Master of Legal Studies degree is offered on campus, entirely online as part of our online learning experience, or a combination of both.

MLS Graduates May Find Careers In:



  • Law and Litigation
  • Court Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Quality Assurance Administration
  • Education

Why Legal Studies?

Is the Master of Legal Studies Right For Me?

A Master of Legal Studies is an asset to those who work with lawyers or other areas of the law, in government and other professional settings that require an understanding of the law. Pursuing this degree may also be appropriate for those wishing to teach law or seek administrative positions.

A degree in Legal Studies from Hodges University not only provides essential knowledge of the law and legal proceedings, but also helps students develop a high level of analytical and critical thinking skills.   Students become effective problem solvers and efficient leaders. If you are interested in the following, a Master of Legal Studies may be the degree for you!

Are You Interested In The Following?

  • Working with Lawyers
  • Working in the Criminal Justice System
  • A Career in Government
  • Developing Strong Leadership Skills
  • Learning How the Legal System Works
  • A Career in Administration
  • Developing Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

Careers

What is the Legal Studies Career Outlook?*

The career outlook for law and legal occupations is positive.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts an increase of 11% for all Legal Occupations from 2010 to 2020.*

A Legal Studies degree can also be applied to many career fields since understanding the law and how the legal system works is important for businesses. All types of businesses have certain legal requirements inherent in their day to day operations.  A Legal Studies degree can provide the skills necessary to keep businesses in compliance and running smoothly.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm#tab-6 12-6-2013

Legal Studies Careers

CORPORATE LAW
  • In-House Counsel
  • Law Firm Administration
  • Legal Assistant
  • Contract Administrator
  • Litigation Support Director
  • Jury Consultant
  • Legal Services Director
  • Conflict Resolution Specialist
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SERVICE
  • Judge
  • Criminal Prosecutor
  • Civil Lawyer
  • Law Enforcement Agency
  • Public Defense Attorney
  • Social Worker
  • Historian
  • Court Advocate
OTHER
  • Professor
  • Superintendent
  • Investigator
  • Software Consultant

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

A full time student, 9 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete the Master of Legal Studies Program in 4 terms, or just over 1 year.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.


MLS Core Component Semester Hour Credit
GEB5226 Research Methods

GEB5226 - Research Methods - 3 Credits

A study of the philosophy and methodology of conducting graduate research and reporting. Areas of study include primary and secondary data collection, on-line search methods, and the analysis and compilation of conclusions for decision making. A final research paper will focus on the student’s area of concentration. This course must be taken during a student’s first or second semester.

3
IDS6376 Professional Ethics, Social Responsibility and Diversity

IDS6376 - Professional Ethics, Social Responsibility and Diversity - 3 Credits

A study of the establishment and management of organizational standards for ethics, social responsibility, and cultural diversity. Case studies will augment the instruction of societal and legal requirements for responsible corporate behavior. The student is required to complete and document a community service project or field research project during the term of study.

3
IDS6410 Interpersonal Communication and Leadership

IDS6410 - Interpersonal Communication and Leadership - 3 Credits

This course centers on the connection between relationship building and leader effectiveness. Relevant issues drawn from communication theory, psychology, and sociology are explored as they relate to interpersonal leadership styles. Students also examine their own assumptions and beliefs about the impact of their communication style on others.

3
LEA6950 Master of Legal Studies Capstone

LEA6950 - Master of Legal Studies Capstone - 3 Credits

The Capstone course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to engage in problem solving of various simulated legal issues. Students will learn how to address complicated legal scenarios, ask appropriate questions regarding the facts presented and submit their findings to the instructor for grading. This course will prepare students for professional employment in a legal environment that requires initial client contact. This course will develop a student’s knowledge of whether there is a legal dispute, whether there is an appropriate legal remedy available, and whether the dispute could be adequately handled by the attorneys on staff.

Prerequisite: LEA5200 Litigation Methodology and LEA5250 Persuasive Writing, or permission of the Program Director and Dean.

3
LEA6001 Professional Portfolio

LEA6001 - Professional Portfolio - 0 Credits

In this course students will create an electronic portfolio that demonstrates their proficiency in the following areas: Legal writing, communication, critical thinking, research, and effective problem solving. Students are required to take this course their last semester in the MLS graduate program and must exhibit the ability to successfully demonstrate their abilities in the listed areas. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

0

Total MLS Core Component
12

Students select one of the following tracks:


General Legal Studies Track


LEA5200 Litigation Methodology

LEA5200 - Litigation Methodology - 3 Credits

This advanced level course will provide students with a working knowledge of the methods of discovery along with actual document creation and practice of interrogatories, discovery, and other steps taken to obtain information for mediation and trial.

3
LEA5250 Persuasive Writing

LEA5250 - Persuasive Writing - 3 Credits

This course will provide students with an understanding of how to use persuasive writing to achieve necessary outcomes in letters, contracts, memorandums and court briefs. A writing course with an emphasis on how to use information to the benefit of the cause promoted.

3
LEA5270 Electronic Age of Litigation

LEA5270 - Electronic Age of Litigation - 3 Credits

This course provides an in depth study of twenty first century litigation procedures. Technology has dramatically changed the face of litigation procedures and presentation. This course is designed to prepare students for the techniques and processes involved in today’s litigation with a heavy emphasis on applicable technology and electronic tools.

3
LEA6250 Administrative Law and Regulatory Process

LEA6250 - Administrative Law and Regulatory Process - 3 Credits

Administrative law governs the procedures by which a variety of governmental entities – local, state, and federal – exercise their powers. This course is an advanced level study of agency and administration laws and how agency conflicts are resolved.

3
LEA6220 Comparative Law

LEA6220 - Comparative Law - 3 Credits

An advanced level course intended to provide students with a comprehensive and comparative analysis of the legal approach to key areas of law within different legal systems.

3
LEA6280 Legal Environment Seminar

LEA6280 - Legal Environment Seminar - 3 Credits

The Seminar is intended to provide students with an opportunity to engage in problem solving of various simulated legal issues. Students will learn how to address complicated legal scenarios, ask appropriate questions regarding the facts presented and submit their findings to the instructor for grading. This course will prepare students for professional employment in a legal environment that requires initial client contact. This course will develop a student’s knowledge of whether there is a legal dispute, whether there is an appropriate legal remedy available, and whether the dispute could be adequately handled by the attorneys on staff.

Prerequisite: LEA5200 and LEA5250, or permission of the Program Chair and Dean.

3

Total General Legal Studies Track
18

Conflict Resolution Track


LEA5200 Litigation Methodology

LEA5200 - Litigation Methodology - 3 Credits

This advanced level course will provide students with a working knowledge of the methods of discovery along with actual document creation and practice of interrogatories, discovery, and other steps taken to obtain information for mediation and trial.

3
LEA5250 Persuasive Writing

LEA5250 - Persuasive Writing - 3 Credits

This course will provide students with an understanding of how to use persuasive writing to achieve necessary outcomes in letters, contracts, memorandums and court briefs. A writing course with an emphasis on how to use information to the benefit of the cause promoted.

3
LEA6310 Mediation and Arbitration

LEA6310 - Mediation and Arbitration - 3 Credits

In this advanced level course students will learn the various processes of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, negotiations, and settlements. This course will prepare students for resolution of conflicts by analyzing the issues and finding viable, balanced settlement opportunities.

3
LEA5300 Advanced Family Law

LEA5300 - Advanced Family Law - 3 Credits

This advanced level course is designed to educate the student in the terms of concepts involved with family law. In addition, the course will provide case studies on how to fairly distribute marital assets and provide for the care and custody of minor children affected by the dissolution.

3
LEA6350 Labor Relations, Negotiations, and Legal Issues in Human Resources

LEA6350 - Labor Relations, Negotiations, and Legal Issues in Human Resources - 3 Credits

This course focuses on the interaction of management and labor in an organization and provides a comprehensive analysis of federal, state, and local laws as they affect the human resources function. Emphasis is placed on applying employment laws to develop programs that enable organizations to be proactive in meeting both organizational and work force needs while at the same time, resolving workplace disputes, negotiation, preventing litigation, and implementing and administering human resources policies and practices in compliance with applicable laws.

3
LEA6360 Theories of Conflict

LEA6360 - Theories of Conflict - 3 Credits

This course will provide a comprehensive examination of the disputes between parties and the psychological and social issues which fuel conflict. From the world stage to individual conflict, certain core parallels can be drawn regarding why people argue and why conflict can be difficult to resolve.

3

Total Conflict Resolution Track
18

Total Semester Hours for Graduation

30

Benefits

How is Hodges Legal Studies Program Different?

More Choices

The MLS Program can be completed online, in a traditional classroom format or a combination of both.  Students have the choice to select from 2 specialty tracks, General Legal Studies or Conflict Resolution.  Select the expertise that will fulfill your personal interests and career goals. 

Our Professors

Every instructor of law at Hodges University holds a Juris Doctorate degree and has practiced law. All other instructors hold at least a Master’s degree and experience in their respective field, ensuring that each student receives the best education and preparation in his/her career field.

Our Program

Our Master of Legal Studies courses are designed to provide students with a solid grounding in professional competencies required in an advanced legal setting. Hodges University works with local businesses, law offices, banks, law schools and government to design programs that fulfill the needs of its graduates and the community.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all graduate credit hour courses is $660.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"Taking advantage of course offerings at both Naples and Ft. Myers, as well as on-line, helped me to quickly and easily fulfill my degree requirements and expedite my anticipated graduation." - David Dickson, Legal Studies Major

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