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, Bioethics, 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

MLS Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of 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. Understand 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 558Legal Fundamentals3
MLS 521Contracts3
MLS 541Torts3
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
Concentration
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
Concentration
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
Introduction to Bioethics
International Dispute Resolution
Religious Liberty and the Law
Study Abroad
International; Human Rights Forum-Strasbourg, France
Economic Development/Human Trafficking - Cambodia
Total Hours15
Non-Profit Organizations Track
MLS 861Nonprofit Law3
MLS 660Property3
Electives (3 courses)9
Exempt Organizations
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
Religious Liberty and the Law
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