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Online Master of Legal Studies

This 100% online MLS degree is designed for professionals who want to make legally informed decisions in a technology-driven environment.

01/04/21 Next Application Due Date
01/11/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$25,110 Total Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Acquire the knowledge needed to solve legal challenges introduced by technology and digital commerce with the Master of Legal Studies online program from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. In this unique program, you will address the intersection of technology and law and develop highly sought-after skills. You will gain insight into the laws and regulations governing the buying and selling of goods and services through virtual storefronts and better understand the use of digital contracts and payments via digital currency. In addition to emphasizing the regulations and threats linked to existing technology, our curriculum also envisions what may be developed in the future, so you’re able to expect and prepare for upcoming legal challenges. You will graduate prepared to preserve data security and privacy and exert best practices in handling digital crime, hacking, identify theft, and breaches—potentially at an international level.

Learn how technology allows individuals, organizations, and governments to cause remote acts of harm (identify theft, election subversion, public utility threats); discover the statutes, regulations, and laws governing inter-jurisdictional disagreements; and assess the obstacles you may encounter when attempting to enforce evolving laws and regulations. Our master of studies in law online program explores emergent technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, and cryptocurrency, and their impact on core areas of law including criminal, property, contract, and tort.

This flexible MLS degree online is ideal for entrepreneurial business leaders and small business owners as well as individuals who work in larger legal departments, marketing or sales, HR, IT-data protection, and government roles. Our courses, taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach on campus, will provide you with opportunities to develop, understand, and apply legal expertise in roles such as compliance officer, legal consultant, IT executive, information security officer, cybersecurity executive, and sales director.

In this online MLS degree program, you will:

  • Gain a foundational understanding of digital commerce, contracts, and payment as well as online dispute resolution and the statutes and regulations governing these interactions
  • Understand how blockchain technology offers documentation and payment for ecommerce transactions through smart contracts and cryptocurrencies
  • Recognize privacy and cybersecurity risks associated with big data and the standards of care required to protect information
  • Study the technology underlying the commission and detection of digital crimes and torts; the ethical, legal, social, and technological challenges of imposing liability; and the potential liabilities associated with digital crimes

The NKU Chase College of Law is a law school approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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Tuition

The Master of Legal Studies online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$821 Per Credit Hour
$25,110 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Master of Legal Studies $821 $480 $25,110
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Calendar

With six start dates per year, the Master of Legal Studies online program is flexible and convenient. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, along with corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

01/04/21 Apply By
01/11/21 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/11/21 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 01/11/21 02/26/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 03/03/21 03/08/21 03/11/21 03/15/21 04/30/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your MLS degree online. Requirements for the Master of Legal Studies online program include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from regionally accredited institutions
2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale

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Online Master of Legal Studies Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumnus or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

graduate@nku.edu

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Courses

In order to earn the Master of Legal Studies online, you must complete 10 courses, which include two electives, for a total of 30 credit hours.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the study of legal method and legal systems designed to teach the role and function of courts, legislative bodies, and administrative agencies; techniques of legal argument and reasoning; and sources of law.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the basics of legal research. Students will focus on primary and secondary sources of legal information in both print and online formats.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

As commerce shifts to the Internet and mobile technologies, the law has been forced to adapt to the realities of the e-commerce marketplace. Consumers and businesses buy and sell goods or services through virtual storefronts using digital contracts, paying with digital currency, and, in some cases, resolving disputes online. Meanwhile, blockchain technology has offered new ways to document and to pay for e-commerce transactions through smart contracts and cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin. This course will address e-commerce common and regulatory law, with a special emphasis on blockchain technology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is the age of the invisible criminal and tortfeasor, harming individuals, businesses, and governments under a cloak of anonymity and through the boundless reach of the Internet. Many crimes and torts were rare or nonexistent until this century—like cyber-attacks, cyberbullying, cyberextortion, cyberstalking, cyberterrorism, and cybertheft. This course will examine New Age crimes and torts and the legal challenges in imposing criminal and civil liability upon those who commit them.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The exponential and infinite proliferation of big data raises both privacy and security issues, as the sensitive information of individuals, organizations, and governments are collected and stored online where it can be hacked or misused without authorization. This course will explore the developing, complex web of laws, national and international, that govern data privacy and cybersecurity. More specifically, it will examine the limitations of the existing legal framework and consider the policy implications of greater regulation of data collection over the Internet and the evolving Internet of Things.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses upon the legal needs of entrepreneurs and their startups. While successful startups may require help with complex legal drafting and transactions—to obtain financing, issue shares, go public, or sell the company—entrepreneurs and lawyers that represent them require general knowledge of many areas of the law. The course will consider some of the expertise that a lawyer must acquire to counsel startups, explore ways that attorneys can better understand these unique clients and develop a practice to serve them, and introduce entrepreneurs or those who may want to become entrepreneurs to legal issues common to creating and running a startup.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Technology extends the reach of individuals, organizations, and governments beyond borders, posing one of the greatest legal challenges in the Digital Age. A single action on the internet can have consequences far beyond where the actor resides—stealing an identity, subverting an election, threatening a public utility—raising questions about what laws, and what governing bodies, will protect victims and punish those who harm them through technology. This course will examine the obstacles to enacting and enforcing laws to govern cyberspace and the real world when developing technologies create challenges to the lawful authority of governments to regulate technology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

As the world evolves through technology, the law must evolve as well. This course requires students to focus upon a single emergent technology—such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, or some other technology of each student’s choosing—and explore existing and anticipated legal issues associated with the technology. Students will be expected to research and to write about these issues, discussing the existing laws that may apply to that technology and to propose prospective remedies for any legal problems the technology may cause that current laws or regulations do not cover.

Students must complete two of the following elective courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Historically, computer forensics is for IT-trained people while the "analytical legal thinking" would be reserved for those with a legal background. There is no reason why a student cannot learn to speak both languages because there are many varied job opportunities for those, with a law degree, who are capable of leading digital investigations in public or private sectors.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Today’s world is on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, the Digital Revolution, with ever-emerging technologies transforming life in the 21st century—connecting billions of people through the internet; improving access to goods and services; and redefining commerce, education, governance, and the workplace. Over two semesters, students will be introduced to emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, blockchain, cryptocurrency, drones, the internet of things (IoT), machine learning, quantum computing, robotics, 3D printing, and virtual and augmented reality—and their impact upon contract, criminal, property, tort and other core areas of the law.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Today’s world is on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, the Digital Revolution, with ever-emerging technologies transforming life in the 21st century—connecting billions of people through the internet; improving access to goods and services; and redefining commerce, education, governance, and the workplace. Over two semesters, students will be introduced to emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, blockchain, cryptocurrency, drones, the internet of things (IoT), machine learning, quantum computing, robotics, 3D printing, and virtual and augmented reality—and their impact upon contract, criminal, property, tort and other core areas of the law.

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