General Master of Legal Studies Program Requirements

In order to obtain a general Master of Legal Studies degree from Denver Law, a student must complete at least 30 credit hours of approved coursework.

A full-time student is able to earn the degree in one academic year or over two consecutive semesters (excluding summer); a part-time student can earn the degree in 2 years. Program time limit is 5 years from the time of matriculation. Fall, Spring or Summer semester matriculation is permitted. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.7 to remain in good standing. Daytime and evening classes are available.

MLS students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Take at least two of the following courses: Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Torts, Legal Profession, Criminal Law, Property, and Constitutional Law (3-4 credits each)

  • L4707 – American Legal Systems, Research, and Writing (3 credits)
  • Students must fulfill a Capstone requirement either through an elective course taken after the first term of the program, or by registering for Directed Research; students must complete a written product of at least 20 pages on an appropriate legal subject and with significant legal research component, approved by the MLS Program Director. The Capstone Project is not a separate course and is ungraded, unless fulfilled through Directed Research credits. Students who matriculate into the program in January 2017 and onward will be required to make an oral presentation on their research findings to a panel comprised of the Program Director, faculty and student peers during the final exam period in their last term of studies. The capstone must be fulfilled by the last day of the semester.

The curriculum allows for specialization in a number of areas. A student can choose from the variety of courses offered at Denver Law to complete the remaining elective/concentration requirements. To see more details about concentration options and to view the list of available courses, please click here.

A flexible, dual degree option is available for students considering or already pursuing another graduate degree at DU. Please contact the Graduate Legal Studies department for more information at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (303) 871-6249.


Those holding a JD degree issued from an American institution are not eligible to apply for an MLS program.

This degree cannot be used for Advanced Standing consideration for any JD or LLM program.

International students who have completed a primary law degree in their home country cannot be considered for Advanced Standing for this degree.

MLS degree will not qualify individuals to practice law in the United States. Any credits earned from this degree will not count toward any JD degree program requirements.