Willamette law school introduces Master of Legal Studies program for non-lawyers

by University Communications,

Starting this summer, Willamette University College of Law will offer a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, becoming the first law school in the Pacific Northwest to offer the one-year master’s degree program for non-lawyers. The MLS is designed for professionals who do not wish to become lawyers, but whose work involves working with legal terms, contracts or issues or working closely with lawyers.

A public information session will be held Thursday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in Room 218 of the College of Law, 245 Winter St. S.E., Salem, OR.

Ideal candidates for the new program include government employees, human resources directors, health care professionals, corporate managers, compliance officers or other professionals whose careers might benefit from deeper legal understanding.

“The MLS program is designed with flexibility in mind,” explains Dean Curtis Bridgeman. “An HR manager can pursue a course concentration in employment law; a healthcare professional can focus on healthcare law.”

Possible areas of study include business and contracts, employment, healthcare, real estate and land use, and state and local government law. MLS students work with a law school advisor to develop a set of courses to meet their specific career needs or goals. Students can pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time basis.

The MLS is not intended to prepare students for the J.D. program. Participants must hold a bachelor’s degree.

For more details visit: Willamette.edu/go/mls. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.