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Catholic University’s Law School to Offer New Master of Legal Studies Degree


The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law is launching a new Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program. Applications are now being accepted from qualified students for the program starting in August of 2014.
The 26-credit program will offer students both a general understanding of the American legal system and a specific knowledge of their chosen field of interest without requiring the time and expense associated with a J.D. program.   
“As the legal profession evolves, the need for non-J.D. professionals with a working knowledge of the law is increasing.  Our M.L.S. degree will serve the educational needs of this expanding group of professionals, including legal support staff, scientists, and engineers, and others working in heavily regulated fields,” said law school Dean Daniel F. Attridge.
The program aims to meet demand in the Washington, D.C., area by professionals who want to develop specialized knowledge and enhanced understanding of the critical role the law plays across various industries and disciplines.
Catholic University’s new M.L.S. program is not intended to train students for careers as attorneys, but instead to expose them to the law and provide expertise in the area of law applicable to their chosen field.
The program is designed to accommodate part-time students who may work full-time. Some courses will be taken alongside J.D. students.

Initially the degree program will offer four areas of emphasis in: Intellectual Property Law, Compliance and Corporate Responsibility, Employment and Human Resources, and General U.S. Law. 
In addition to working professionals and graduates of American universities and colleges, the Master of Legal Studies degree program is also accepting applications from graduates of foreign universities. 

For further information, contact M.L.S. program co-directors:

Professor Elizabeth Winston

Professor Megan La Belle