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Master of Legal Studies

Master of Legal Studies

Emory Law's Master of Legal Studies (formerly Juris Master) program is designed for professionals interested in improving their legal literacy and advancing their careers. Graduates will learn to think critically, spot legal issues, and communicate effectively about the law. After extensive research on the evolution of the Juris Master degree across academia, we found “Master of Legal Studies” to be more in line with the naming of similar programs at peer institutions as well as more reflective of the coursework studied in the program. Therefore, students matriculating in Fall 2024 or later will earn a Master of Legal Studies degree upon program completion.

Legal Training for Professionals

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Emory Law’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is a 30-credit degree intended for professionals or individuals who want to improve their legal literacy and become more knowledgeable regarding the impact of law and regulation on their industry and field of expertise. Our students include c-suite executives, HR directors, compliance officers, and healthcare administrators, among others.

MLS Admission

All applicants are considered holistically and admission is based on the applicant's academic training, professional background, personal statement, and professional and academic references.

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MLS Program Overview

Courses are offered online in an asynchronous format, with two synchronous online experiences, and can be completed in as little as 20 months or up to four years. There are four concentrations available, designed to cover relevant legal topics for today’s professionals: business law and regulation; cybersecurity, privacy, and technology law; employment law and human resources; and health care law, policy, and regulation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the MLS program.

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MLS Student Spotlight

A degree from Emory is like a door into anything

Emory Law’s MLS Program is designed to help professionals like Ayinde Luqman to become more specialized in their field and enhance their knowledge of the law.

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MLS Student Ayinde Luqman