The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program is designed for individuals interested in developing a better understanding and practical application of the law as it affects their careers and/or areas of interest but who are not interested in practicing law. This 36-hour program enables professionals to gain a foundation in U.S. law in as little as 18 months, without pursuing a full law degree. The M.L.S. is designed to enhance the effectiveness of a broad spectrum of professionals whose work involves regulations, negotiations, policy and procedures, working with lawyers, and understanding legal issues pertinent to community and work place environments.