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  • Master of Legal Studies

    Overview

    The Online Master of Legal Studies offered by Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law provides professionals seeking advanced legal knowledge with an in-depth, specialized study of the legal system. This post-baccalaureate degree program is designed for individuals to develop and improve career related skills.

    Ideal candidates include individuals in health care, college sports, finance, law enforcement, employment relations, and more. Upon completion of the program, graduates will understand how the law applies to the fields in which they work.

    Specialization Areas

    • Criminal Law - Applicable in fields such as law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, social work, immigration and customs and the military. Graduate Certificate also available.
    • Entrepreneurship and Law - Provides a great understanding of new business through the lens of the law, focusing on compliance and how to keep up-to-date on the latest rules and policies.
    • Health Care Compliance - Provides those who deliver health care services with the tools to ensure that state and federal regulatory requirements are being met. Graduate Certificate also available.
    • Higher Education Compliance - Provides in-depth study of crucial issues in higher education rules and regulations such as FERPA, Financial Aid, Campus Safety, Risk Management, and more. Graduate Certificate also available.
    • Human Resources Compliance - Provides in-depth study of crucial issues in human resources rules and regulations such as employee hiring and termination, managing the employer/employee relationship and negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Graduate Certificate also available.
    • NCAA Compliance and Sports Law - Provides the tools to ensure that collegiate athletics programs are complying with NCAA requirements in areas such as contracts, labor law, antitrust, tax, torts, remedies, arbitration and constitutional law. Graduate Certificate also available.

    Key Program Features

    • Courses taught by the Kline School of Law faculty
    • Coursework and study concentrations malleable to students’ professional experience
    • Completion of a Capstone Project
    • Program can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis
    • 30 semester credits required for graduation
    • Special tuition plans for employees and members of partner organizations

    Non-Matriculated Option

    Interested in applying as a non-matriculated student? Select Graduate School of Law Non-Matriculated as your program of interest on the online application. Official transcripts and a resume are required. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.


    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    Required Core Curriculum Courses 
    LSTU 500SIntroduction to the Legal System3.0
    LSTU 501SCompliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting3.0
    LSTU 502SEthics and Professional Standards3.0
    LSTU 503SLegal Research and Analysis3.0
    LSTU 507SRisk Assessment and Management3.0
    LSTU 540SMLS Masters Capstone3.0 - 4.0
    Electives or Concentration 
    Complete one of the following concentrations or take additional LSTU or LAW electives 11.0 - 12.0
    Total Credits30.0

    Criminal Law Concentration* 
    Required Courses 
    LAW 558SCriminal Law3.0
    LAW 670SCriminal Procedure: Investigations3.0
    LSTU 530SCorrections Law3.0
    LSTU or LAW electives3.0
    Total Credits12.0

    *

    For the Criminal Law Capstone, you'll complete a thesis in which you're challenged to apply your newfound knowledge to identifying and resolving a real-life issue.


    Entrepreneurship and Law Concentration* 
    Required Courses 
    ENTP 501Entrepreneurship Essentials**2.0
    ENTP 535Social Entrepreneurship**2.0
    ENTP 610Leading New Ventures**2.0
    ENTP 640Methods of Entrepreneurship**2.0
    LSTU or LAW electives4.0
    Total Credits12.0

    *

    For the Entrepreneurship and Law Capstone, you'll complete a thesis in which you're challenged to apply your newfound knowledge to identifying and resolving a real-life issue.

    **ENTP courses are on the Quarter Schedule. 3 quarter credits = 2 semester credits; therefore, 12 quarter credits = 8 semester credits.

    Health Care Compliance Concentration * 
    Required Courses 
    LSTU 504SHealth Care Rules and Regulations3.0
    LSTU 505SHealth Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management3.0
    LSTU 506SPatients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations3.0
    LSTU or LAW Electives3.0
    Total Credits12.0

    *

    In this concentration, you'll be administratively registered for LSTU 540S, the MLS Capstone course, in which you'll design a comprehensive compliance program. You may petition to complete a thesis project.


    Higher Education Compliance Concentration* 
    Required Courses 
    LSED 532SLegal Landscape of Student Rights and Campus Safety3.0
    LSED 533SInstitutional Compliance: Aid and Accreditation3.0
    LSED 534SHigher Education Institutions: Financial Rules and Regulations3.0
    Elective Course   3.0
    Total Credits12.0

    *

    In this concentration, you'll be administratively registered for LSTU 540S, the MLS Capstone course, in which you'll design a comprehensive compliance program. You may petition to complete a thesis project.  


    NCAA Compliance and Sports Law Concentration* 
    Required Courses 
    LSTU 510SNCAA Governance Process3.0
    LSTU 511SNCAA Rules I and Infractions Cases3.0
    LSTU 512SNCAA Rules II and Enforcement Process3.0
    LSTU or LAW Electives3.0
    Total Credits12.0

    *

    In this concentration, you'll be administratively registered for LSTU 540S, the MLS Capstone course, in which you'll design a comprehensive compliance program. You may petition to complete a thesis project.


     

    Human Resources Compliance Concentration* 
    Required Courses 
    LSTU 520SLegal Issues in Employee Hiring and Termination3.0
    LSTU 521SHuman Resources Compliance: Managing the Employer/Employee Relationship3.0
    LSTU 522SHuman Resources in Practice: Negotiation, Mediation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution3.0
    LSTU or LAW electives3.0
    Total Credits12.0

     

    *

    In this concentration, you'll be administratively registered for LSTU 540S, the MLS Capstone course, in which you'll design a comprehensive compliance program. You may petition to complete a thesis project.




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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
      • Letters should speak to your performance and accomplishments, and attest to your ability to succeed within the program
    • Essay of approximately 500 words
      • Can be a personal statement outlining personal and/or professional goals you hope to achieve through the program, or on another topic that showcases your writing skills
    • Resume
      • Quality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluated
    • Standardized test score reports (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT) can be submitted, but are not required
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1176 per credit.


    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 

    Fall 2016     

    August 22, 2016

    December 15, 2016

    Spring 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    May 5, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    May 22, 2017

    July 28, 2017

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