Capital University Grows Graduate Portfolio with Master of Legal Studies | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


    • Capital University Grows Graduate Portfolio with Master of Legal Studies

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      Newest Master’s Program Advances Non-Legal Professionals Working in Heavily Regulated Industries /


      Sept. 24, 2018 – As the legal and regulatory environments expand across every industry and professions from human resources and medicine to media and communication, Capital University, a comprehensive private university in Columbus, Ohio, has announced the launch of its newest graduate program, the Master of Legal Studies (MLS), beginning in fall 2019.

      Capital University Law School will offer the MLS to extend legal education to the growing number of professionals and recent college graduates whose positions increasingly intersect with regulation and legal teams. Highly respected and conveniently situated in the professional hub of downtown Columbus, Capital Law School is uniquely positioned to extend experiential and innovative legal education to professionals whose work and careers would benefit from it, explained Law School Dean Rachel Janutis.

      “Columbus continues to attract market-leading companies in regulated industries, such as energy, insurance, health care and financial services, while also serving as a hub for business services and corporate headquarters across industries,” Janutis said. “As legal and regulatory issues increase their reach, interactions with legal processes, concepts and teams become more common and essential. Capital Law School is a trusted leader in providing innovative legal education, which positions us uniquely to enable law-informed professionals to serve their customers, clients and industries better, without subjecting them to the stringent requirements necessary to earn a license to practice.”

      Offered in both full- and part-time formats, students attending full time could earn the required 30 credit hours in as little as one year, or three semesters. Classes will be integrated with Capital’s Juris Doctor classes and taught by the same renown law faculty, extending the full benefits of being part of the Capital University community and Columbus’s legal community. While MLS students will learn alongside JD students, MLS course credits could not be applied toward a JD, per American Bar Association requirements.

      In keeping with Capital’s emphasis on flexibility, students can customize their MLS by choosing from concentrations in human resources, government affairs, environmental sustainability, criminal justice and health care. Curriculum will focus on preparing leaders to anticipate, communicate and confidently navigate the law as an extension of the legal team. Graduates of Capital’s MLS Program will:

      • Gain both general and specialized knowledge of court systems and legal processes;
      • Learn the practical and theoretical implications of the law as it affects their area of interest;
      • Learn the process of legal analysis by examining cases, laws, and regulations related to their specific interests;
      • Learn to identify, research and communicate simple and complex legal issues to their business colleagues and legal team;
      • Develop skills to communicate in writing and orally about such issues; and
      • Think critically about solutions to issues and make better business decisions that take into account legal and interdisciplinary factors.

      Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and completion of the application process. Students are not required to take the GRE, GMAT of LSAT.

      About Capital University
      Located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, Capital University is a comprehensive, private university centered in contemporary Lutheran values offering undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Since its founding in 1830 and charter as a university in 1850, Capital has been an agent in shaping engaged citizens and purposeful leaders who improve their industries, communities and society.