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Success in any organization increasingly requires a sophisticated understanding of law and the legal system. A Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) from the nation’s #1 ranked public university will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confi dence to excel and lead.

The M.L.S. program is designed for professionals from disciplines outside of the law who wish to advance their careers and capabilities by obtaining an advanced degree and a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory issues that impact their industry or field of interest. It is ideal for non-lawyer professionals in any field – from the private, nonprofit or government sectors – who need to understand and navigate law, regulation, disputes or attorneys.

UCLA is home to one of the most innovative and successful public interest programs in the nation. The David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy offers membership in a vibrant community of students and faculty as well as an intellectually ambitious curriculum that grapples with the fundamental questions in public interest advocacy.

Significant scholarships are available for the August 2020 inaugural class.  


Sample curriculum for an MLS student specializing in Public Interest Law*

  • Civil Rights 
  • Immigration Law 
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations 
  • Education and the Law 
  • Disability Law *Students select electives from a wide variety of offerings; this list is offered as an example. The exact list of courses that will satisfy each specialization will vary from year to year.

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