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Master of Legal Studies and Certificate Program

Master of Legal Studies and
Certificate Programs

You do not have to be a lawyer to benefit from learning the fundamentals of the law. Increasingly, students, individuals, and professionals are finding that a deepened knowledge of the law helps to  increase value in a chosen field. The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) and Certificate in Legal Studies (CLS) programs at Penn State Law in University Park are designed to provide new opportunities to launch or advance a career.

In as little as 12 months, you could earn an MLS or CLS. These flexible, accessible, and convenient, yet competitive, programs are taught by leading scholars and practitioners in their fields.


Top features of Penn State's Master of Legal Studies and Certificate in Legal Studies program:



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Anyone can benefit from understanding the law. Almost every field needs professionals beyond lawyers who possess legal skills. These legal skills can be achieved through an MLS or CLS. Legal knowledge and skills include: how to stay current on legal developments; how to read and understand laws and regulations; how to avoid risks through awareness of potential liability; how to negotiate and work effectively with attorneys on legal issues; and how to navigate relationships with governmental representatives such as regulators.

Coupled with the powerhouse network of over 725,000 Penn State alumni, these flexible and convenient programs can add value to any career. As one of the leading research universities in the United States, students in this program will have access to a wide range of faculty engaged in cutting edge research and professional contacts.

The MLS and CLS programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis as a residential program with the option to take some courses remotely to maximize flexibility. Specialty concentrations include Energy Law and Regulation, and Information Security and Privacy Law. Additionally, the program allows for you to design your own concentration to specialize in any field of interest.