Legal Studies

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.L.S.


Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Environmental Studies
Areas of Study
  • Gerontology
  • Psychology
  • Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications
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Contacts for Legal Studies

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Legal Studies

Graduate Chair

Dr. Craig Lawson

Campus Address

103 Law College
Lincoln NE 68583-0902

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Legal Studies in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

Application Deadlines for Legal Studies
Fall: April 15


The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program is designed for individuals who are not interested in practicing law, but who want to develop a better understanding of the legal system. The program provides a solid foundation in legal analysis and research, allowing students to explore the areas of law most relevant to their non-legal careers. Optional areas of study are available in Gerontology; Psychology; and Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications. It must be emphasized that an M.L.S. degree is not a substitute for a Juris Doctorate (the degree that should be sought by students interested in practicing law).

Located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus, the College of Law offers the best in modern facilities, including the largest law library in the state, well-designed classrooms, and comfortable student lounges. The College of Law also has a broad curriculum that complements the diverse interests of its student body.

Courses and More

Students in Legal Studies are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Marvin Ammori
Domestic Telecommunications Law; Cyberlaw; International Telecommunications Law; Mass Media and the First Amendment
Jack Beard
National Security Law; International Telecommunications Law; International Law; National Security Space Law; Arms Control; International Perspectives
Eric Berger
Constitutional Law; Constitutional History; Legislation; Public Policy and Statutory Interpretation
Lawrence Berger
Real property, real estate, accounting
Kristen Blankley
Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mediation; Arbitration; Negotiation
Steven Bradford
Accounting; Securities Regulation; Investment Companies and Advisors; Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
Beth Burkstrand-Reid
Family Law; Torts
Robert Denicola
Contracts; Copyright; Trademarks; Unfair Competition
Rick Duncan
Property; Constitutional Law; Religion and the Constitution
Alan Frank
Family Law; Client Interviewing and Counseling; Mediation
Martin Gardner
Family Law; Juvenile Law; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure
John Gradwohl
Arbitration; Legislation
Justin (Gus) Hurwitz
Antitrust, Law and Technology, Regulated Industries, Telecommunications
Stephen Kalish
Legal Process, Legal History, Legal Profession, Corporations, and Advanced Corporations
Roger Kirst
Civil Procedure; Evidence; Civil Rights Litigation
Craig Lawson
Health-Care Law; Bioethics; Law and Literature; Torts; Products Liability
Richard Leiter
Advanced Legal Research
John Lenich
Civil Procedure; Antitrust; Appellate Advocacy; Civil Clinic; Federal Jurisdiction; Moot Court; Remedies and Damages
Brian Lepard
Tax Law and Policy; International Tax; Business Planning; International Human Rights Law; Comparative Law
William Lyons
Tax Law and Policy; Business Planning; Estate Planning; Wills and Trusts
Colleen Medill
Employee Benefits; Property; Real Estate; Wills and Trusts
Richard Moberly
Employment; Evidence; Civil Clinic
Stephanie Pearlman
Legal research and writing
Susan Poser
Professional Responsibility; Torts; Wills and Trusts; Products Liability; Courts and Social Policy
Jo Potuto
Conflict of Laws; Appellate Advocacy; Federal Jurisdiction; Criminal Procedure; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Sports Law
Kevin Ruser
Civil Clinic; Immigration Law
Matt Schaefer
International Public Law; International Trade Law; Space Law
Steve Schmidt
Criminal Clinic
Robert Schopp
Intersection of Law, Psychology, and Philosophy; Mental Health Law; Criminal Law; Capital Punishment
Anthony Schutz
Agricultural Law; Environmental Law; Land Use; State and Local Government
Anna Shavers
Immigration; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Gender Issues; Refugee and Asylum Law
John Snowden
Jurisprudence, Legal Process, Criminal Law, Native American Law, and Mass Communications Law
Brett Stohs
Entrepreneurship Clinic
Adam Thimmesch
Business Associations; Individual Income Tax; Corporate Finance
Alan Tomkins
Mental Health Policy; Community Health and Human Services; Stakeholder Input into Public Policy
Frans von der Dunk
Space and Telecommunications Law; European Community Law; National Security Space Law
Steve Willborn
Employment; Discrimination; Labor; Education; Pension and Employee Benefits
Catherine Wilson
Banking and Payment Systems; Electronic Commerce; Commercial Law; Secured Transactions; Creditors' Rights; Bankruptcy
Robert Works
Contracts; Insurance; Health Care Finance
Sandra Zellmer
Natural Resources and Public Lands; Water Law; Environmental Law and Ethics; Torts

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