The MLS 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, negotiation, 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 MLS degree will provide opportunities for students to concentrate their degree program in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bioethics, Church and Ministry Management, Contracts and Negotiation, Criminal Justice, Human Resources, Human Rights, or Nonprofit Management.

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 several 15-unit tracks available 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 examination 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 Master of Legal Studies 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.

Final Course Grades

Grading in the MLS program is on a criterion basis. Criteria are determined by the professor for each assignment. At the completion of a course, student scores for assignments will be totaled and translated into a final letter grade. Based on the total point percentage, students will be assigned a final letter grade as follows:

Grading Scale:

A = 92-100% B- = 80-80% D+ = 68-69%
A- = 90-91% C+ = 78-79% D = 62-67%
B+ = 88-89% C = 72-77% D- = 60-61%
B = 82-87% C- = 70-72% F = 0-59%

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a Master of 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.

Graduation with Honors

The following criteria are established for the determination of graduation honors for students in the MLS program:

Summa cum laude 3.90
Magna cum laude 3.80
Cum laude 3.50

Dual Emphasis

Trinity Law School allows students to earn a Master of Legal Studies degree and up to two emphasis. Students must complete the required 30 units of the first track and complete an additional 15 units of the other track to earn a second emphasis. If the classes for the two emphasis overlap, students will be given credit for the three units of overlap, and must complete a minimum of 12 track specific unique units.

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 academic calendar in the Catalog at tiu.edu/university/calendar for module start and end dates, registration deadlines, and holidays.

Transferring units from Trinity Law School J.D. 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 Registrar's 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 based examination, or 580 for the paper based examination.

Core Curriculum

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

Tracks to choose from (15 hours):

Alternative Dispute Resolution Track

Concentration
MLS 670Alternative Dispute Resolution3
MLS 675Mediation3
MLS 680Negotiation Theory and Practice3
Electives (2 courses)6
Choose 2 elective courses from those listed below
Labor Law and ADR
ADR in the Workplace
Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution
Conflict Management in Business and Nonprofit Organizations
Total Hours15

Bioethics Track

Concentration
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 700Introduction to Bioethics3
or MLS 700b Intensive Bioethics Institute
Electives (3 courses)9
Choose 3 elective courses from those listed below
Current Issues in Bioethics
Bioethics National Conference
Bioethics Regional Conference
Landmark Cases in Bioethics
Bioethics Seminar
Bioethics and Public Policy
The Public Policy Context
and Bioethics and Public Policy
Advanced Bioethics Institute
The Right to Life and the Law
Total Hours15

Church and Ministry Management Track

Concentration
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 850Exempt Organizations3
MLS 861Nonprofit Law3
Electives (2 courses)6
Choose 2 elective courses from those listed below
Human Resources Compliance
Staffing and Compensation Administration
Property
ADR in the Workplace
Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Religious Organizations
Strategic Planning
Religious Liberty and the Law
Study Abroad
Human Trafficking and Economic Development--Cambodia
Total Hours15

Contracts and Negotiation Track

Concentration
MLS 670Alternative Dispute Resolution3
MLS 675Mediation3
MLS 680Negotiation Theory and Practice3
Electives (2 courses)6
Choose 2 elective courses from those listed below
Labor Law and ADR
Contract Drafting
ADR in the Workplace
Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution
Conflict Management in Business and Nonprofit Organizations
Real Estate Transactions
Total Hours15

Criminal Justice Track

Concentration
MLS 531Criminal Law3
MLS 783Criminal Procedure3
Electives (3 courses)9
Choose 3 elective courses from those listed below
Human Trafficking
Juvenile Law and Delinquency
Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Criminal Justice
Forensic Mental Health
Victimology and Restorative Justice
Cyber Criminology
Law and Theory of Corrections
Study Abroad
Human Trafficking and Economic Development--Cambodia
Total Hours15

General Track

Concentration
MLS 600Constitutional Law3
MLS 660Property3
Electives (3 courses)9
Choose 3 elective courses from those listed below or from the other available 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
Choose 3 elective courses from those listed below
Staffing and Compensation Administration
Employment Discrimination
Labor Law and ADR
Performance Assessment
ADR in the Workplace
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
Choose 2 elective courses from those listed below
Human Trafficking
Introduction to Bioethics
The Theory and Law of Armed Conflict
The Right to Life and the Law
The Rights of Minorities
The Rights of Vulnerable Persons: Women, Children and the Impoverished
Religious Liberty and the Law
Genocide and the Law
Study Abroad
Human Trafficking and Economic Development--Cambodia
International Institute of Human Rights
and International Forum on Human Rights
Total Hours15

Nonprofit Organizations Track

Concentration
MLS 850Exempt Organizations3
MLS 861Nonprofit Law3
Electives (3 courses)9
Choose 3 elective courses from those listed below
Staffing and Compensation Administration
Property
Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Legal and Ethical Issues in Fundraising for Nonprofits
Religious Organizations
Strategic Planning
International Non-Governmental Organizations
Study Abroad
Human Trafficking and Economic Development--Cambodia
Total Hours15