UC Launches Online Master of Legal Studies Degree

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The University of Cincinnati College of Law announced, as of October 2021, a brand new master’s degree program that is being administered entirely online.

The Master of Legal Studies program has its first term beginning in January 2022. The university just began accepting applications for the inaugural class.

Susan Stephan is leading the new program. Stephan previous served as associate dean of graduate and online programs at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law.

Risk management and compliance are major components of this master’s degree program. It is designed for professionals whose jobs involve contracts, negotiations, and other legal work, but who don’t necessarily want to take the bar exam. These students can take the program’s classes on their nights and weekends, without leaving their current positions.

The program will be involved with several businesses in the private sector as well, including Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in the Midwest. Some of their corporate partners will be offering scholarships to provide their employees and those employees’ family members chances to study at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, also known as “Cincinnati Law.”

The program is five terms long, and each student will complete his or her studies in less than two years total. The students will take two seven-week classes each semester, for a total of ten courses. Having it entirely online means the students can work at their own pace, and balance their studies with their careers and their family obligations.

For people curious about family law, or contract work, or estate planning law, such a program might offer ample opportunities to learn about these fields and related case histories. The move that many universities are taking, toward making more of their coursework available in an online format, is revolutionizing the way higher education works with the business world.