What Can You Do with Empire’s Master of Legal Studies?

September 11, 2019

What Can You Do with Empire’s Master of Legal Studies?

What can you do with Empire’s Master of Legal Studies?

You don’t have to become a lawyer to understand the law. If you are interested in legal issues, desire a career related to the law, or need some legal expertise to give your career a boost, a Master of Legal Studies might be right for you.

Earning a bachelor’s degree used to be all you needed to establish a good career, but now it doesn’t give you any edge over other job applicants. The competition is so stiff that by 2022, 18 percent of all jobs will require a master’s degree—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you don’t want to get left in the dust, earn a Master of Legal Studies at Empire.

What is a Master of Legal Studies (MLS)?

A Master of Legal Studies aligns with the first two years of a J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence)program. Its curriculum includes topics such as: fundamentals of the law, criminal law, torts, legal research and writing, and constitutional law. After graduating with an MLS, you will be prepared to enter a variety of careers or to give your career a boost. An MLS will not enable you to take the Bar Examination and practice law in California or most states, but it is an asset for employees interested in the law or for careers where legal knowledge is useful.

Who Should Get an MLS?

A Master of Legal Studies can prepare you for many different career paths. An MLS might be right for you if:

1. You are interested in working in fields related to the law
2. Your desired career path means you would benefit from having increased legal knowledge
3. You don’t want to spend the money or time it takes to become a lawyer
4. You don’t want to practice law
5. You DO want an interesting and well-paying job

In addition to jobs where an MLS is an obvious benefit, such as a law clerk or compliance officer, there are many jobs where legal knowledge could help you stand out. For example: a business analyst with an MLS will understand the laws and regulations that impact their clients. An Operations Director who knows the laws that control HR will be more efficient and effective.

Potential Career Paths

A Master of Legal Studies can open many different doors. Here are just a few examples:

• Compliance Officer or Director
• Government Relations Directors
• Senior Contract Negotiator
• Human Resource Managers
• Labor Relations Directors
• Patent Agent
• Loss Prevention Managers
• Public Service Administrators
• Regulatory Affairs Managers
• Law Clerk
• Legal Consultant

An MLS could be the key that unlocks your future. Consider your career goals and ambitions,and then you’ll see how Empire’s Master of Legal Studies degree can help you achieve those. Learn more about Empire School of Law today!


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