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“There is almost nothing that I do at work that is unrelated to my MLS degree, something that seems to have started with my very first class with Dean Hackney and has continued to increase ever since. My major regret is that I got a legal education so late in my career! I really wish I’d embarked on this adventure many years ago.”

—Mike Furst, online Master of Legal Studies graduate

Online Master of Legal Studies

Having an understanding of the law isn’t only beneficial for attorneys. Professionals from a variety of fields have a growing need to better understand legal matters and how to communicate effectively with lawyers. Northeastern University School of Law’s online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program gives non-lawyers the unique opportunity to learn legal concepts without having to obtain a Juris Doctor.

The flexible Master of Legal Studies (MLS) online program was created for working professionals, and as a result, can be completed part-time. In addition to a general path of study, the program features five concentration options:

  • Business Law
  • Health Law
  • Human Resource Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Public Law and Policy

Career-Focused Learning

The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) was designed to help you become an expert in legal issues within your own industry. It’s an excellent way to immediately apply new learned skills in the workplace across a wide variety of industries and advance your career. You'll benefit from an experiential approach where you get to practice the skills you learn within contexts that mirror real-world scenarios. In addition, you will receive valuable guidance from instructors whose lessons draw from their extensive professional experience.

Master of Legal Studies students also have access to career workshops and tools specifically designed for distance learners and graduate students, helping them become networked for life.

To learn more about Northeastern Law’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, use the form provided to request information.

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-powered lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; and Vancouver—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s nine colleges and schools offer a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs in on-campus, online and hybrid formats. Among these, we offer more than 140 multidisciplinary majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

Accolades and Rankings

Northeastern Law is renowned for providing students with a practical, industry-focused education. In particular, the school's LLM and MLS coursework and curricula rely heavily on industry input, with a goal of enhancing students' career development opportunities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Northeastern University as one of the top 10 schools in the country in its Most Innovative Schools ranking, and the law school received the #1 ranking for practical training by The National Jurist/preLaw.

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