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Master of Legal Studies

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At Humphreys University, we educate motivated and determined students who desire a practical academic program. Our Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is designed specifically for busy adults – that’s why we offer our courses online, evenings, and in hybrid formats.

Our professors are experts in their fields – attorneys, judges, investigators, and other specialists. Our professors understand what real-world experience to incorporate into the classroom. Because we keep our classes small – five to twenty students – you get the guidance and support you need to succeed.

The pace of our quarter system makes it easier to juggle the demands of life with each quarter lasting only 11 weeks. All the courses are clearly organized so you know what you need to do each week.

You can start the MLS program at the start of any of our four terms. Our quarters begin early October, January, April, and July. The application process is easy, and counselors are available walk you through the financial aid process.

The Master of Legal Studies is a graduate legal degree for those who interact professionally with the law, the American legal system, and lawyers, but who are not necessarily seeking to become lawyers themselves. The MLS program can be beneficial to professionals in a variety of fields, including healthcare, law enforcement, compliance, business, education, public administration, government regulation, social services, and any other occupational, vocational, or professional endeavor that involves negotiations, regulations, or working with legal issues.

Students will take their courses at the Humphreys University Drivon School of Law. The course requirements generally follow the pattern of the traditional first year law student, with a focus on contracts and torts. Students in the MLS program take courses alongside Drivon School of Law students and are held to the same academic and attendance standards.

Students in our
Master of Legal
Studies Program will

• Gain specialized knowledge about the legal system and processes

• Apply reasoning and writing skills to solve legal problems

• Learn to conduct legal research

• Practice legal analysis by examining laws, regulations, and cases

Degrees Offered

Master of Legal Studies (40 Units)

 

To learn more about degree requirements and courses offered in the Master of Legal Studies program, see pages 145-149 in our current Academic Catalog

Meet Our Faculty

DAVID WELLENBROCK

Mr. Wellenbrock received his Bachelors degree from University of the Pacific and J.D. from Drivon School of Law. He was a former public defender, deputy district attorney and has been a longtime law professor in our law program. 

LARRY GIVENTER

Lawrence L. Giventer is Professor Emeritus (retired) of Political Science and Public Administration at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the author of Governing California (fourth edition, McGraw-Hill, 2015) and Statistical Analysis for Public Administration (second edition, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2008). Giventer joined CSU Stanislaus in 1975 and founded the university’s nationally accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, which he directed for twenty years. He has served as department chairperson, Speaker of the Faculty, consultant and advisory committee chair for state and local government agencies, book reviewer, and accreditation site-visitor. Holding degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (BSME, 1967), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS, 1968), and University of Pittsburgh (PhD, 1977), Giventer has been called upon as a political analyst by radio, television, print, and Internet media. He continues to be active in nonprofit public service organizations as well as maintaining a research, writing, and presentation agenda in American government

GREG AGHAZARIAN

Greg Aghazarian leads the Governmental Advocacy practice for the law firm of Beattie & Aghazarian, LLP, working with clients to successfully traverse the challenging landscape of California government at all levels. He is a former California State Assembly Member, representing the 26th District, including San Joaquin and Stanislaus County. During his tenure in the State Assembly from 2002-2008, he served as the Minority Caucus Chair, Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee, and Vice Chair of the Committees on Public Safety, Health, and Environmental Safety. Further, Aghazarian is the recipient of Legislator of the Year awards from the American Electronics Association, the California Optometric Association, Crime Victims United, and the California Association for Health Care Services at Home.  He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.S. 1986) and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D. 1993). 

Why Choose Humphreys University?


QUALITY EDUCATION
Accreditation is important; Humphreys University is accredited by Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College & University Commission.


NON-PROFIT
As a non-profit institution, we emphasize community, academics, and affordability, all while giving you the resources you need to succeed.


FLEXIBILITY
Courses are conveniently offered on our Stockton campus— evenings and online.


OPPORTUNITY
Applications for enrollment are accepted all year. Apply soon to begin during one of our upcoming quarters.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Get the aid you need for the degree you want. We offer  loans, institutional awards, scholarships, and work-study funds for qualifying students.


STUDENT SERVICES
Support services are provided to all students. Including computer facilities, tutoring and library services, and career counseling.

Your Future in
Legal Studies

Our programs are designed with your goals in mind. Our Graduate program provides a Master of Legal Studies with the flexibility of choosing your own pathway to suit your needs and aspirations. With your Master’s in Legal Studies, you could consider any of these careers after your graduate studies:

• Compliance Director

• Legal Consultant

• Federal Regulatory Agent

• Private Investigator

• Court Administrator