Legal Studies, MLS
The MLS is designed for individuals who do not want to become practicing attorneys but who are interested in developing a better understanding of the law as it affects their non-legal careers or areas of study.
The law pervades much of American life today. Administrators, business people, educators, public officials, engineers, scientists, physicians, and others often find themselves making decisions that have legal implications, and academics often find themselves researching interdisciplinary topics that have legal components. Yet people making such decisions or engaging in such research historically have not had the opportunity for any formal legal training unless they attend law school and pursue the Juris Doctor (JD) degree.
Although the JD is a prerequisite for practicing law, the University of Nebraska recognizes that not everyone who is interested in the law is interested in practicing law. That is why the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree program was developed.
Applying for Admission
Standard requirements for all graduate programs
Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.
If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency
is required.When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Additional requirements specific to this program
Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS 6.5
Two letters of recommendation
Personal Statement: In two pages or less, this statement should explain why you are seeking an MLS degree, including how you feel the MLS program will further your career or another educational degree which you are pursuing.
GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores: Optional for this program. If you have taken any graduate/professional school entrance exams (GRE/GMAT/LSAT), upload your score report.
Admission Application Deadlines
April 15 for Fall.
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