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!


Diane Aqui, Esq.

(Class of 2001)
Empire College gave me the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctorate while still working full time in my “first” career as an engineer. The professors are all practicing attorneys and judges and it is clear that they love what they do---guiding, teaching and mentoring a new group of potential lawyers, who one day will be their peers and practice alongside them in the legal community. I think one of my favorite cases since I graduated in 2001 was against a former Empire professor and I walked away with a win!

Andrew Conway, Esq.

(Class of 2014)
I decided to go to law school after interning for the Diversion program for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office while I was in college. Empire provided me with friends who became colleagues, and Professors who became the Judges I appear in front of today. I have always wanted to work with the law and youth and I now manage a Dependency contract for Mendocino County, which has become my dream career as I get to do the exact job I wanted when I decided to go to law school. I definitely have my dream job thanks to Empire and their exceptional professors.

James V. Sansone, Esq.

(Class of 2006)
I picked Empire College because I had to juggle between family obligations and a fulltime job. Empire was the only option that allowed me to effectively manage my work and family obligations and still pursue a law degree. Thanks to Empire, I was able to pass the bar exam on my first try and begin a new, exciting, and lucrative legal career that I love.