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Sturm College of Law Adds New Degree Program

Sept. 4, 2014—The University of Denver Sturm College of Law has added another degree to its curricular roster:  the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, which is designed for graduate students and professionals whose careers would be enriched by the study of law, the legal system, and legal reasoning. 


Ideal candidates for the MLS are graduate students in other disciplines, such as political science, international studies, business, and engineering, and professionals in a variety of fields, including journalism, business, and human resources.

Denver Law’s MLS degree will help individuals advance within their professions and enable graduates to effectively interact with lawyers, think critically about organizations and their governing legal structures, and understand the legal, legislative, and regulatory landscapes in which they operate.

For people who are interested in the law and whose careers would be enhanced by knowledge of the legal system but who do not want to practice law, the MLS degree is an ideal choice. 

“As a business manager and owner working in both domestic and international markets, a firm foundation in law – contracts, dispute resolution, customs and trade regimes, etc – would have eased my operational struggles,” says MLS student W. Ryan Talmage. “As I move forward, the education I will gain in the Master of Legal Studies program will allow me to excel in my current position and grant me the ability to succeed in both domestically and internationally focused situations.”

Program students will enjoy high quality courses taught by renowned Denver Law faculty, and the ability to take advantage of close interaction with JD and LLM students as well as various law school and University of Denver resources.

“The MLS program expands the opportunities available for the study of law and the legal system and allows individuals from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds to become valued members of the Denver Law academic community and the greater Denver legal and business community,” says Professor Viva Moffat, the faculty director of the MLS program, and the associate dean of academic affairs at Denver Law. 

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