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Barclay School of Law also offers the Master of Legal studies (MLS) degree which is designed for students with Bachelor's degree, its equivalent or other advance degrees other than a law degree. The program requires 24 semester credit hours and usually takes one year for completion. Thesis requirements for the MLS and LLM are the same but students may elect to work on a specialized project. Students work on specialized projects or research projects for each course, which support the students' area of expertise. Students stay in close contact with their faculty mentor(s). Defend of thesis required. Students also have the option to select courses from the Juris Doctorate program for their Master of Laws program. The Master's of Legal Studies (MLS) is offered in the following area:

    • Master of Legal Studies
    • Master of the Letters of Law (LL.M)
    • Compliance and Wealth Management
    • Environmental Law
    • International Finance and Financial Law
    • International Investment Law and Arbitration
    • Inter-cultural and Human Rights
    • International Law
    • International Trade Relations and Investment Law
    • U.S. Tax Law
    • MASTER OF LEGAL STUDIES (MLS) - 24 CREDITS
    • MLS 8000 FOUNDATION OF GRADUATE STUDIES (1)

The course offers students an opportunity to obtain information that clarifies the structure and assessment process for the research program. The course gives the students an introduction to Master's degree study, the graduate faculty, graduate program support staff, and the master's program. The overall curriculum covers topics such as library resources, database searching strategies, and the most current tools for bibliographic referencing, along with the partnership mentor program, portfolio guidelines, and professional standards in assessment.

MLS 8010 QUALITATIVE REASONING AND ANALYSIS I (5)

The aim of the course is to instill knowledge of the representations and reasoning methods that have been developed for Qualitative Reasoning, as well as enhancing skills particularly in designing and implementing such systems. During the course students will understand how real-world problems and social issues can be analyzed using the power and rigor of qualitative reasoning and analysis. The entire curriculum focuses on cognition and education; explaining human reasoning and developing means to support and enable this ability.

MLS 8020 QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND ANALYSIS II (5)

The program provides a review of quantitative reasoning topics, including rate, ratios, and percent; perimeter, area, volume, and the units and conversion between units for those calculations; the mathematics of finance. This course develops basic competence and skills in problem solving and quantitative methods applied to public policy analysis with emphasis on the art and skill of converting problem descriptions into quantitative models, and the analysis and interpretation of these models. The program is specially designed to help reduce students' mathematical anxiety and increase their confidence with mathematical applications.

MLS 8030 ADVANCED MIXED-METHODS REASONING AND ANALYSIS (5)

The course is designed to strengthen your ability to engage with others' ideas and communicate productively with them by analyzing their arguments. The course provides a review of quantitative reasoning topics, including rate, ratio, and percents; perimeter, area, volume, and the units and conversion between units for those calculations. The entire course covers topics in college-level mathematics that develop critical thinking skills, flexibility of thought, appropriate problem-solving strategies, and the ability to express ideas in mathematical language.

MLS 8040 PRACTICE/PRACTICUM (3)

The course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate advanced skills in his or her profession and measure the importance of interpersonal communication skills with others. The aim of this course is to enable students to achieve the national competency standards for the beginning of a fruitful career. As an integral part of the curriculum the students will evaluate the ethical standards and record keeping of patient information, including the reporting of clinical information.

MLS 8850 THESIS (5)

This course provides masters degree students with an opportunity to conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member, culminating in a written thesis. The student will under supervision conduct and defend an independent and extensive research project at very advanced level. General topics important to conducting research; (b) student research proposals; and (c) the outcomes of research projects will be discussed in the weekly meetings as a part of the thesis work.

Note: All graduates of the Master of law programs (LLM and MLS) are eligible to enroll in the Doctor of Science of Law degree (JSD) program. Students can also enroll in the programs concurrently. Students enrolled in the concurrent MLS/JSD will have the 24 semester credits of the MLS program counts towards the 60 required semester credits hours of the JSD.

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