Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MLS in Legal Studies (33 cr, Option III only)
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Entertainment and Media Law
- Environmental Studies
- Family Law
- Health Law
- Human Resources Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Human Rights
- International Law
- Labor and Employment Law
- Political Science
- Real Estate Law
- Space, Cyber and Telecommunications
- Tax Law
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
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106 McCollum Hall
Lincoln NE 68583-0902
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Legal Studies
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS 6.5
- Two letters of recommendation
- Department application
- Personal statement
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Legal Studies
- April 15 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.
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 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 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.
Faculty and research
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National Security Law; International Telecommunications Law; International Law; National Security Space Law; Arms Control; International Perspectives
Constitutional Law; Constitutional History; Legislation; Public Policy and Statutory Interpretation
Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mediation; Arbitration; Negotiation
Accounting; Securities Regulation; Investment Companies and Advisors; Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
Legal interventions in personal and family decision making
Contracts; Copyright; Trademarks; Unfair Competition
Entertainment Law; Legal Profession
Property; Constitutional Law; Religion and the Constitution
Family Law; Client Interviewing and Counseling; Mediation
Family Law; Juvenile Law; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure
Antitrust, Law and Technology; Regulated Industries; Telecommunications
Legal Process, Legal History, Legal Profession, Corporations, and Advanced CorporationsEmeritus
Civil Procedure; Evidence; Civil Rights Litigation
Health-Care Law; Bioethics; Law and Literature; Torts; Products Liability
Reference; Student Research Preferences; Library Wayfinding Systems
Advanced Legal Research
Civil Procedure; Antitrust; Appellate Advocacy; Civil Clinic; Federal Jurisdiction; Moot Court; Remedies and Damages
Tax Law and Policy; International Tax; Business Planning; International Human Rights Law; Comparative Law
Tax Law and Policy; Business Planning; Estate Planning; Wills and Trusts
Employee Benefits; Property; Real Estate; Wills and Trusts
Employment; Evidence; Civil Clinic
Space Law Research
Legal Research and Writing
Conflict of Laws; Appellate Advocacy; Federal Jurisdiction; Criminal Procedure; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Sports Law
Civil Clinic; Immigration Law
International Public Law; International Trade Law; Space Law
Intersection of Law, Psychology, and Philosophy; Mental Health Law; Criminal Law; Capital Punishment
Agricultural Law; Environmental Law; Land Use; State and Local Government
Immigration; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Gender Issues; Refugee and Asylum Law
International Intellectual Property Law; Patent Law
Jurisprudence; Legal Process; Criminal Law; Native American Law; Mass Communications LawEmeritus
Business Associations; Individual Income Tax; Corporate Finance
Mental Health Policy; Community Health and Human Services; Stakeholder Input into Public Policy
Legal Decision Making; Social Psychology and Policy; Law and Behavioral Science; Psychology and Criminology
Employment; Discrimination; Labor; Education; Pension and Employee Benefits
Banking and Payment Systems; Electronic Commerce; Commercial Law; Secured Transactions; Creditors' Rights; Bankruptcy
Contracts; Insurance; Health Care Finance
Space and Telecommunications Law; European Community Law; National Security Space Law