MLS Academic Programs

MLS Academic Programs

Faculty ensure that MLS students’ courses integrate and reinforce learning. Students learn the law, as well as analytic and communication skills that help them thrive professionally. –Professor Pratt

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ MLS Program is an in-person, part-time or full-time program designed for early and mid-career professionals who want to deepen their understanding of the law. The program includes 3 required courses that prepare you to succeed in rigorous JD classes, and teach you practical legal skills to put your growing knowledge of the law to work in any field.

Units and Courses

Students will graduate from the MLS program upon satisfactory completion of at least 26 units of coursework, including 8-9 units of required courses in the first two semesters.  With over 325 electives, MLS students have many courses to choose from as well as six specializations to guide their course of study. 

Required Courses

  • First-Year JD Class. In your first semester, and depending on your specialization, we assign you to a first-year JD class. This class will teach you foundational legal principles and also introduce you to law school’s unique method of study, classroom discussion, and examination.  (4 or 5 units)
  • MLS Legal Methods I: Writing & Analysis. For MLS students only, this small class is taught by your Faculty Advisor. It is a practical skills class designed specifically for the non-lawyer.  With its unique focus and the attention available only in a small-class setting, it is also a “booster shot” of skills for law school learning. (2 units)


MLS Legal Methods II: Negotiations & Drafting.
Continuing where MLS Legal Methods I concludes, in this class you will further develop your legal writing skills in assignments relevant to non-lawyer and mid-career professionals, and also develop basic negotiation skills. (2 units)

Self-Designed MLS

Students may choose from myriad electives to achieve understanding of a breadth of areas of the law. With the guidance of your faculty advisor, you can select the courses that can best meet the need for a broad understanding of several legal areas.  For example, students ultimately seeking management positions may wish to learn some business law, employment law, data privacy law, and law related to the specific industry in which they work.  A student interested in health care policy, similarly, might select courses in health law and policy, as well as administrative law and antidiscrimination

MLS Specializations

Specializations offer guided courses of study for students seeking depth in a particular area of law.  Each specialization’s curriculum has been designed by our top faculty in that field to equip graduates with a comprehensive understanding of a specialized topic.