Bachelor of Arts/Master of Legal Studies Dual Degree
Trinity Law School and Trinity College offer a dual Bachelor of Arts/Master of Legal Studies degree that pairs an MLS with an undergraduate B.A. degree in any major. This opportunity is open to qualified students in the Criminal Justice major as a part of the course of study but can be pursued by any major through the MLS preparation minor.
Approved students will take fifteen credits in the MLS, which, upon completion of those fifteen credits, will reduce the number of required credits from 120 to 105 in order to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree. This can be accomplished in one of the following ways:
THROUGH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR
- MLS 531 Criminal Law replaces CRJ 201 Criminal Law and Procedure.
- MLS 565 Juvenile Law and Delinquency replaces CRJ 361 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency.
- MLS 575 Law and Theory of Corrections replaces CRJ 330 Corrections.
- Six (6) additional hours of credit are taken as part of the integration aspect of the major and can be selected from the following options:
Course List Code Title Hours MLS 505 Philosophy and Theology of Justice 3 MLS 521 Contracts 3 MLS 540 Human Trafficking 3 MLS 541 Torts 3 MLS 558 Legal Fundamentals 3 MLS 572 Victimology and Restorative Justice 3 MLS 702 Business Organizations 3 MLS 783 Criminal Procedure 3
THROUGH THE MLS PREPARATION MINOR
Alternatively, students can complete the MLS Preparation Minor including the following Trinity College and Law School Courses:
|CRJ 101||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|Trinity Law School|
|MLS 505||Philosophy and Theology of Justice||3|
|MLS 558||Legal Fundamentals||3|
|MLS 702||Business Organizations||3|
Qualified applicants must have a Trinity GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Students may apply for acceptance to the dual degree through Trinity Law School with a positive recommendation from their academic advisor. Transfer students may apply for the program if they have 60 hours of undergraduate coursework and a positive recommendation from a former professor or their academic advisor and a 3.0 GPA for all transferred college work and 3.0 GPA in Trinity coursework. Students are advised to apply to the program as early as possible to allow for expedient course planning and to assure that overlapping course requirements can be planned and scheduled.