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    May 25, 2024  
Draft 2024-2025 Law School Student Handbook 
Draft 2024-2025 Law School Student Handbook

Law Studies, MLS

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A wide range of careers today demand an understanding of law and legal principles, from corporate compliance and human relations positions to positions in government and social service agencies. In addition, many students seek legal training to prepare them to be better poised to attend and succeed in law school and become practicing lawyers. Golden Gate’s MLS will allow students to acquire a basis in law that will help them secure a job where legal knowledge is required, to advance in a current career having obtained basic legal skills or to position themselves for success in law school and become a practicing lawyer. The MLS consists of 30 credits - a seven-course, 21-credit core covering the range of basic, substantive areas of legal knowledge, as well as three elective courses, each worth three credits, that will introduce students to specialty legal areas in high demand.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Apply legal analysis to critically interpret and explain legal issues;

  • Demonstrate abilities to interpret and evaluate legal sources and fact-patterns to which those legal sources will be applied;
  • Identify policy justifications for legal rules and principles;
  • Apply existing legal responses to new problems and develop new legal theories and responses for new problems;
  • Analyze and interpret the economic policy justifications for existing legal rules and regulations and explore those rules and regulations in analysis of novel fact patterns;
  • Think critically about the ethical choices those employed in legal professions are required to make;
  • Apply ethically sound principles and values to ameliorate and/or mitigate real-world personal and/or professional challenges;
  • Demonstrate ability to research legal questions by locating, evaluating and applying appropriate sources to a wide range of legal questions;
  • Draft basic legal documents that are clear, concise and thorough to address the defined task; and
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct oral arguments in defense of client interests and, conversely, to respond critically to an adversary’s position.

Admission Requirements

See the program’s admission requirements .

Administrative and Academic Policies

See the program’s administrative and academic policies 

Elective Courses - 9 units

In addition to the core courses listed above, which must be taken by all students, students may choose from a wide range of electives for courses covering in-demand legal topics, such as:

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