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Prospective Students

J.D. Program

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is a post-baccalaureate program designed for those who wish to practice law. Traditionally, the 90-credit hour program takes three years to complete. Students who enroll in two continuous summer sessions may be eligible to graduate in two and one-half years. This program is a full-time, day-time program with fall admission only. This program is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Learn more about the program.

M.L.S. Program

The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree is a post-baccalaureate degree program designed for those who wish to obtain an advanced knowledge of the law and the U.S. legal system but do not wish to become lawyers. There are two concentrations: a general M.L.S. specialization with curriculum custom-designed between the Director of Graduate Legal Studies and the student, and a highly specialized M.L.S. in Health Law and Policy. Learn more about the program.

LL.M. Program

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree is recognized in legal education as the first advanced degree beyond the Juris Doctor (J.D.). The School of Law offers the LL.M. degree in two forms: a general LL.M. specialization with curriculum custom-designed between the Director of Graduate Legal Studies and the student, and a highly specialized LL.M. in Health Law and Policy. The Health Law and Policy specialization requires prior experience in the health field. Learn more about the program.