The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is a new 30-credit, asynchronous online degree program that provides students, most of whom are adult professionals working in a variety of heavy regulated industries, with the legal and regulatory acumen to perform their essential job functions at the highest level and to improve career outcomes.  More than 70 ABA-accredited law schools offer this degree and it has established value in the marketplace.  The program’s curriculum will be driven by and tailored to projected job growth in South Florida.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit their completed MLS application, Bachelor's degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution, resume, personal statement, and at least one letter of recommendation to be considered for admission.  The program targets applicants with a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA and professional work experience.

All students will take four required courses ("Core") including the Master’s Capstone course, during which the student will write a research paper or complete a project of equal importance. The academic Core is twelve (12) semester credits.

  • Foundations of U.S. Law and Regulation, 3 credits
  • Legal Research, Writing and Analysis Skills, 3 credits
  • Corporate Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management, 3 credits
  • Master's Capstone, 3 credits

Students selecting an optional track will select at least three (3) elective courses in that track and additional credits can be selected from the entire menu of electives to reach thirty (30) total credits for the degree.

Curriculum Requirements

Foundations in U.S. Law and Regulation (NEW COURSE)3
Legal Research, Writing and Analysis Skills (NEW COURSE)3
Corporate Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management (NEW COURSE)3
Master's Capstone (NEW COURSE)3
Students may select a Writing Capstone or a Project Capstone.
Students may select electives from any of the courses below. Students may also complete an optional track by taking at least three electives in that track.
Advanced Communication Skills for Compliance Professionals (NEW COURSE)
Ethical Foundations of Risk and Compliance (NEW COURSE)
Healthcare Law and Regulation Track Electives:
Introduction to Healthcare Law and Policy (NEW COURSE)
Healthcare Information Privacy: HIPAA and Beyond (NEW COURSE)
Healthcare Risk Management (NEW COURSE)
Healthcare Fraud and Abuse (NEW COURSE)
Legal Regulation of Medical Billing and Coding (NEW COURSE)
AI in Healthcare and Medical Technology (NEW COURSE)
Introduction to Food and Drug Law (NEW COURSE)
Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Research and Development (NEW COURSE)
Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing (NEW COURSE)
Hot Topics in Healthcare Regulation (NEW COURSE)
Law and Technology: Cybersecurity, Information Privacy, and AI Track Electives:
Introduction to Law and Technology (NEW COURSE)
Information Privacy Law (NEW COURSE)
EU Data Privacy and Protection (NEW COURSE)
Cybersecurity Law and Managing Cyber Breaches (NEW COURSE)
AI, Machine Learning and the Law (NEW COURSE)
Global Corruption: AML and Beyond (NEW COURSE)
Hot Topics in Privacy/Cyber/AI (NEW COURSE)
Employment Law and Human Resources Risk Management Track Electives:
Introduction to Employment Law (NEW COURSE)
Legal Issues in the Employer-Employee Relationship (NEW COURSE)
Negotiation, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment (NEW COURSE)
Employee Benefits and Compensation Compliance (NEW COURSE)
Managing Information Privacy in the Workplace (NEW COURSE)
Hot Topics in Talent Acquisition Regulation (NEW COURSE)
Real Estate and Construction Law and Regulation Track Electives:
Introduction to Real Estate Law (NEW COURSE)
Land Use Planning and Zoning Regulation (NEW COURSE)
Real Estate and Construction Contract Administration (NEW COURSE)
Real Estate Investment and Finance Law (NEW COURSE)
Green/Sustainable Development Compliance (NEW COURSE)
Housing Law and Regulation (NEW COURSE)
Hot Topics in Real Estate (NEW COURSE)
Financial Services Regulations and FinTech Track Electives:
Regulating Financial Services Institutions (NEW COURSE)
Investment Company Regulation and Compliance (NEW COURSE)
Investment Advisor Regulation (NEW COURSE)
Broker/Dealer Regulation and Compliance (NEW COURSE)
Cryptocurrency and Digital Commerce Regulation (NEW COURSE)
Consumer Financial Protection Law (NEW COURSE)
Navigating the Invest Local Act and Raising Capital in Florida (NEW COURSE)
Hot Topics in Financial Regulatory Compliance (NEW COURSE)
Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
Core Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours6
Core Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours6
Core Course 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours6
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours6
Master's Capstone 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30


In the administrative world we inhabit, the MLS program aims to fill an educational gap for a growing body of professionals who work in “law adjacent” jobs, meaning they work in and around the law (or lawyers),  regulation, corporate compliance, and enterprise risk management every day but do not engage in the practice of law.  Think of a senior human resources director for a large company, for example, grappling with the risks of terminating a pregnant employee during a period of broad layoffs.  Or a mid-level compliance officer at a large university tasked by General Counsel’s office with updating Title IX training for employees to ensure that it aligns with expected rule changes relating to sex discrimination and assault.  Or an employee at a small start-up company who has been asked to develop the company’s first cyber risk compliance program.  Each employee would benefit from a working knowledge of law and regulation, and the degree provides a competitive advantage for employees seeking promotions within their organizations or new job opportunities.  Indeed, these are profiles of actual students who have earned the MLS degree at other law schools and credit it with helping them improve job performance and advance their careers. 

Student Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes target acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking skills, legal research and analysis skills, and include an ethical component.  By the end of the program:

  • Students will be able to describe the structure and function of U.S. legal systems and, where appropriate, compare and contrast the U.S. approach with others (e.g., domestic information privacy regulation with GDPR);
  • Students will be able to identify and navigate relevant sources of law, including statutes, regulations, and cases;
  • Students will be able to conduct basic legal analysis appropriate to non-lawyers and communicate it effectively to a variety of constituents, including lawyers;
  • Students will be able to assess risks to an organization’s business goals and objectives, and develop and draft measures or strategies to mitigate the risks;
  • Students will be able to consider and evaluate the tangible benefits of using an ethical lens to drive corporate behavior.