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Master of Legal Studies

Admission to study for the Master of Legal Studies degree (M.L.S.), a nonprofessional degree, is granted to students who hold the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or other nonlaw doctoral degree, or who have been admitted to a nonlaw doctoral program and have completed a program of study amounting to 45 quarter units or 30 term units of work toward the doctorate, and who meet an admission standard equivalent to that required of candidates for the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

The M.L.S. degree is conferred upon candidates who, in not fewer than two academic terms in residence and in not more than two consecutive academic years, successfully complete at least three first-year courses in the first Autumn term plus an additional 24 units of Law School work, including at least one course or seminar requiring a research paper. All work shall conform to the rules and regulations of the University and the School of Law.

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