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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
    • Health Care Compliance - Provides those who deliver health care services with the tools to ensure that state and federal regulatory requirements are being met
    • 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
    • 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

    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 System2.0
    LSTU 501SCompliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting3.0
    LSTU 502SEthics and Professional Standards2.0
    LSTU 503SLegal Research and Analysis3.0
    LSTU 507SRisk Assessment and Management3.0
    LSTU 540SMLS Masters Capstone3.0-4.0
    Electives or Concentration 
    Students complete one of the following concentrations or take additional LSTU or LAW electives 13.0-14.0
    Total Credits30.0

    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 Regulations2.0
    LSTU or LAW Electives6.0
    Total Credits14.0

    *

    In the process of completing the core courses, students completing this concentration select the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone course section that is focused on health care compliance.


    NCAA Compliance and Sports Law Concentration* 
    Required Courses 
    LSTU 510SNCAA Governance Process2.0
    LSTU 511SNCAA Rules I and Infractions Cases3.0
    LSTU 512SNCAA Rules II and Enforcement Process3.0
    LSTU or LAW Electives6.0
    Total Credits14.0

    *

    In the process of completing the core courses, students completing this concentration select the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone course section that is focused on NCAA and sports law.


     

    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 Resolution2.0
    LSTU or LAW electives6.0
    Total Credits14.0

     

    *

    In the process of completing the core courses, students completing this concentration select the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone course section that is focused on human resources compliance.



    Criminal Law Concentration* 
    Required Courses 
    LAW 558SCriminal Law3.0
    LAW 670SCriminal Procedure: Investigations3.0
    LSTU 530SCorrections Law2.0
    LSTU or LAW electives6.0
    Total Credits14.0

    *

    In the process of completing the core courses, students completing this concentration select the LSTU 540S MLS Capstone course section that is focused on criminal law.


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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 2015     

    August 24, 2015

    December 17, 2015

    Spring 2016 

    January 11, 2016

    May 6, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    May 23, 2016

    July 29, 2016

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