The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, one school with two California campuses, is now offering an online Master of Legal Studies program designed for professionals who work with law in their day-to-day jobs.
The program, which can be completed within two years, is geared toward professionals who work in business, education, health care, human resources, and law enforcement. Students will study the legal system and its implications in their workplaces.
Students will take core courses in the American legal system, legal fundamentals, litigation and its alternatives, legal communication, legal research, and the administrative process. Elective coursework is available in intellectual property, employment law, ethics, health care law, and negotiation. All of the courses are taught by attorneys or judges, many of whom have taught at the law school for more than 10 years.
A capstone course requires students to analyze legal principles and procedures within a given professional environment, such as a hospital, corporation, or school, either real or hypothetical. The course ends with a comprehensive paper, supervised and approved by a faculty member.
Master of Legal Studies degrees do not prepare graduates to practice law, and the program is not designed for students who have interest in pursuing a juris doctor.
The 24-unit program costs $475 per unit, plus the cost of textbooks. Students can expect to spend about $13,000 on the program.
It is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
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