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. The six tracks are: General Legal Studies, Human Resources Management, Human Rights, Non Profit Organizations, Church and Ministry Management, and Bioethics. Courses are offered on a modular schedule beginning every eighth week. The program is designed to be completed within two years.

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 for module start and end dates, registration deadlines, and holidays.


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

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities requiring special arrangements will be accommodated upon petition, with 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 exam, 237 for the computer exam, or 580 for the paper exam.

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 558Legal Fundamentals3
MLS 521Contracts 13
MLS 541Torts 13
MLS 505Legal Institutions and Values3
MLS 702Business Organizations3
Total Hours15

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

General Track
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 660Property3
MLS 531Criminal Law3
MLS 783Criminal Procedure3
MLS 800Wills, Trusts, and Estates3
Total Hours15
Human Resource Management Track
MLS 531Criminal Law3
MLS 400Human Resources Compliance3
Electives (3 courses)9
Staffing and Compensation Adminisration
Employment Law
Labor Law
Performance Assessment
Total Hours15
Human Rights Track
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 923Introduction to Human Rights3
MLS 901International Criminal Law3
Electives (2 courses)6
The Philosophy and Theology of Human Rights
Genocide and the Law
The Theory and Law of War
Right of Life and the Law
The Rights of Women, Children, and Families
Law of Minorities
Religion and the Law
Introduction to Bioethics
International Dispute Resolution
Study Abroad
International; Human Rights Forum-Strasbourg, France
Economic Development/Human Trafficking - Cambodia
Law & Development-Mongolia
Total Hours15
Non-Profit Organizations Track
MLS 861Nonprofit Law3
MLS 660Property3
Electives (3 courses)9
Exempt Organizations
Nonprofit Clinic
Religious Organizations
International Non-Government Organizations
Total Hours15
Church and Ministry Management Track
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 660Property3
MLS 861Nonprofit Law3
Electives (2 courses)6
Religious Organizations
Exempt Organizations
The Human Resources Function
Staffing and Compensation Adminisration
MLS 951
Total Hours15
Bioethics Track
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 700Introduction to Bioethics3
Electives (3 courses)9
Right of Life and the Law
Current Issues in Bioethics
Classic Cases in Bioethics
Readings in Bioethics
Bioethics Seminar
Total Hours15


The following criteria are used at Trinity Graduate School in assigning letter grades:

“A” Designates outstanding work: superior achievement of course objectives
“B” Designates good work: commendable achievement of course objectives
“C” Designates acceptable work: satisfactory achievement of course objectives

Note: Courses for which a student receives a grade of “C-” or lower will not be counted toward meeting degree requirements.

“D” Designates minimal work: marginal achievement of course objectives
“F” Designates failure: unacceptable work. Normally assigned also to courses dropped after the eighth week of the semester, except in emergency circumstances.

The following grade points are assigned to letter grades:

The following grades and notations are also used in the grading system of the University:

CR/NC (Credit/No Credit): Certain courses of a practical nature such as colloquia and internships are offered only on a CR/NC basis. Other courses such as — 7501 Guided Research are completed for a letter grade or CR/NC. One option must be chosen at the time of registration.

  • CR (Credit): Represents the successful completion of a course offered on a credit/no credit basis. These hours apply toward graduation requirements but are not calculated in the grade point average.
  • NC (No Credit): Represents the failure to complete successfully a course offered on a credit/no credit basis. These hours are calculated as hours attempted but do not apply toward graduation requirements and are not used in the calculation of grade point averages.

AU (Audit): Indicates that the student registered for the class on an audit basis; normally indicates regular attendance in class and participation in discussion although not enrolled for credit. Since no grade is assigned, grade points and hours are not accumulated for courses audited.

NR: Not Reported. (A special grade designation is posted when a student grade is not submitted by a faculty instructor. The student will see an “NR” designation posted on the web Grade Report on the myTIU dashboard, which indicates that the Records Office is waiting for the grade to be submitted. Students should contact their faculty instructor with questions regarding any pending grades posted with an “NR” designation.) An NR designation on a student’s record that remains for longer than three consecutive semesters will be administratively changed to an “F” (failing grade).

EX: Official Extension granted.

W (Withdrawal): Indicates that a student dropped a course after the add period for a class but before the appropriate deadline:

  • Traditional courses (semester, quad, etc.) must be dropped within the first 50 percent of class meetings.
  • Modular courses must be dropped by the end of the first class meeting.
  • Cohort-based courses (MA/T) must be dropped before the last scheduled class meeting.

No hours or grades are recorded as attempted. Withdrawals after the deadline result in administrative assignment of an “F.”

NOTE: Students should note that tuition and fees assessment and financial aid deadlines may differ from academic deadlines.

Grade Replacement Policy

A student may elect to repeat any course in which a grade of “B-” or lower is earned provided that the repeated course is taken at Trinity Graduate School (TGS) in a regularly scheduled class, or as a reading course with instructor’s permission. The higher grade earned in the course will be used in the calculation of the GPA.

A student who has earned a “C-” or lower grade at TGS may repeat the course at another institution, and the credits earned (with the appropriate transfer grade level) may be applied toward degree completion; however, the grade earned at another institution will not be used in computing the TGS cumulative GPA.

A repeated TGS course, for which credit has been earned, may produce an improved grade and improved cumulative grade point average but will not provide additional credits. A required course in which a “C” or higher is earned may be repeated only once. All courses, grades, and GPA calculations will remain printed on the transcript.