The M.L.S. Degree Program Mission

The Master of Legal Studies program at Trinity Law School is designed to give a broad understanding of law and legal systems for those students and professionals who seek to advance their careers in areas that involve legal compliance, regulations, contracts, negotiations, business, property, or human rights. The program provides a general introduction to legal principles that gives students already in the work force the ability to aid their employers in legal issues. The program will also provide students with the ability to assess the effectiveness of counsel retained by employers and use legal services effectively. In addition to a general survey of law and legal systems, the Trinity Law School M.L.S. will provide opportunities for students to concentrate their degree program in Human Rights, Human Resources, Nonprofit Management, Church and Ministry Management or Bioethics.

The Master of Legal Studies degree program is a 30-unit online degree program. Students complete a core curriculum of 15 units and must choose from one of six 15-unit tracks for a total of 30 units. "Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to the practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar extermination or to satisfy requirement for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements."

MLS Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the M.L.S. program, the graduate will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the law in areas applicable to a wide range of business and management positions.

2. Apply the law as a tool for effective and ethical decision‐making.

3. Identify and formulate the legal issues and theories that impact their professional career.

4. Effectively interact with attorneys regarding the application of legal solutions to business and ministry challenges.

5. Recognize and resolve ethical issues by applying knowledge of secular law and biblical principles to content area topics. 

Accreditation

Trinity Law School is a school of Trinity International University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a Master in Legal Studies degree, students must successfully complete 30 units of study. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above is required for the degree.

Academic Year

The academic calendar consists of modular classes meeting for seven-week periods with a one-week break between each module. Full time students will complete the program in two years.  Please see the calendar in this catalog or at tls.edu for module start and end dates, registration deadlines, and holidays.

Transferring units from Trinity Law School JD program

Students who either have completed courses at Trinity Law School or have graduated with their Juris Doctor degree from Trinity Law School can transfer up to 18 units from the completed Juris Doctor units toward the 30 required units for the Master of Legal Studies degree. These students must complete a minimum of 12 Master of Legal Studies units.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities requiring special arrangements will be accommodated upon petition accompanied by supporting documentation of the disability and upon approval of the Registrar. Special accommodations will be carefully tailored to meet the documented need in accordance with the Trinity Law School disability policy. An informational packet detailing the services available for students with disabilities can be obtained from the Records Office.

Students with a Bachelor’s Degree from a Foreign School

Trinity Law School accepts students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree at a foreign institution. Students who have completed course work or earned degrees from foreign institutions must submit transcripts through a foreign credit evaluation service to determine eligibility for transfer credit. In addition, students for whom English is not the first language must demonstrate English competency by earning a minimum TOEFL score of 92 for the internet based examination, 237 for the computer examination, or 580 for the paper examination.

Student Handbook

Academic policies and standards in addition to those in this catalog are contained in the Student Handbook, which is issued to each student at the beginning of every academic year. In case of any conflict, the standards contained in the catalog are controlling.

Core Curriculum
MLS 505Philosophy and Theology of Justice3
MLS 521Contracts3
MLS 541Torts3
MLS 558Legal Fundamentals3
MLS 702Business Organizations3
Total Hours15

There are 6 tracks to choose from (15 hours):

General Track
Concentration
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 660Property3
Electives (3 courses)9
Choose electives from those listed below or from the other 5 tracks
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Total Hours15
Human Resources Management Track
Concentration
MLS 400Human Resources Compliance3
MLS 531Criminal Law3
Electives (3 courses)9
Staffing and Compensation Administration
Employment Discrimination
Labor Law and ADR
Performance Assessment
Strategic Planning
Total Hours15
Human Rights Track
Concentration
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 901International Criminal Law3
MLS 923Introduction to International Human Rights Law3
Electives (2 courses)6
Introduction to Bioethics
The Theory and Law of Armed Conflict
The Right to Life and the Law
The Rights of Women, Children, and Families
The Rights of Minorities
Religious Liberty and the Law
Genocide and the Law
Study Abroad
Human Trafficking and Economic Development-Cambodia
International Human Rights Forum - Strasbourg, France
Total Hours15
Nonprofit Organizations Track
MLS 850Exempt Organizations3
MLS 861Nonprofit Law3
Electives (3 courses)9
Property
Religious Organizations
Strategic Planning
International Non-Government Organizations
Total Hours15
Church and Ministry Management Track
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 850Exempt Organizations3
MLS 861Nonprofit Law3
Electives (2 courses)6
Staffing and Compensation Administration
Property
Religious Organizations
Strategic Planning
Religious Liberty and the Law
Total Hours15
Bioethics Track
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 700Introduction to Bioethics3
Electives (3 courses)9
The Right to Life and the Law
Current Issues in Bioethics
Classic Cases in Bioethics
Readings in Bioethics
Bioethics Seminar
Total Hours15