Legal Studies

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.L.S.


Areas of Study
  • Business
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Entertainment and Media Law
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family Law
  • Gerontology
  • Health Law
  • Human Resources Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Journalism
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate Law
  • Space, Cyber and Telecommunications
  • Tax Law
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Contacts for Legal Studies

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Admissions Office


Campus Address

106 McCollum Hall

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:

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Legal Studies
Fall: April 15


The law pervades much of American life today. Administrators, business people, educators, public officials, engineers, scientists, physicians, and others often find themselves making decisions that have legal implications, and academics often find themselves researching interdisciplinary topics that have legal components. Yet people making such decisions or engaging in such research historically have not had the opportunity for any formal legal training unless they attend law school and pursue the Juris Doctor ("JD") Degree.

Although the JD Degree is a prerequisite for practicing law, the University of Nebraska recognizes that not everyone who is interested in the law is interested in practicing law. That is why the Master of Legal Studies ("MLS") Degree Program was developed. The MLS Degree Program is designed for individuals who do not want to become practicing attorneys but who are interested in developing a better understanding of the law as it affects their non-legal careers or areas of study.

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

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
Kristen Blankley
Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mediation; Arbitration; Negotiation
Steven Bradford
Accounting; Securities Regulation; Investment Companies and Advisors; Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
Eve Brank
Public Policy in Elder and Juvenile Law; Procedural Justice
Beth Burkstrand-Reid
Family Law; Torts
Robert Denicola
Contracts; Copyright; Trademarks; Unfair Competition
Richard Dooling
Entertainment Law; Legal Profession
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
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
Matthew Novak
Space Law Research
Stephanie Pearlman
Legal Research and Writing
Sandra Placzek
Legal Research
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
Christal Sheppard
International Intellectual Property Law; Patent Law
John Snowden
Jurisprudence; Legal Process; Criminal Law; Native American Law; 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
Richard Wiener
Legal Decision Making; Perceptions of Sexual Harassment; Law and Behavioral Science; Topics in Law and Psychology
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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