Master of Legal Studies

Business Law and Compliance

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Business Law and Compliance


Texas A&M University School of Law’s career-relevant Master of Legal Studies (MLS) with an emphasis in Business Law and Compliance is designed for non-lawyer professionals who don’t intend to practice law. Combining up-to-date legal education and real-world skills, you’ll gain the legal perspective and build the expertise you need to tackle legal complexities and gain a professional edge in your industry


As one of the nation’s largest universities, Texas A&M ranks #1 for endowment size among public universities, ranking seventh overall. You’ll have access to the worldwide Aggie network of over 500,000 alumni, which includes more Fortune 500 Top 100 corporate CEOs than any university in the nation.

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Esteemed Faculty

Small class sizes provide students with personal attention from our world-renowned, nationally ranked faculty.

Customized Academics

No entrance exam requirement, flexible start dates, and a full or part-time course load allow for an academic experience that fits into your personal and professional life.

Master of Legal Studies | Business Law and Compliance Emphasis

30 credits | 12 hours core courses, 9 hours upper-level courses, 9 hours approved elective courses  

Unlock new leadership opportunities in the business industry with a Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in Business Law and Compliance. This program is the perfect fit for non-lawyer professionals who don’t intend to practice law. Gain the real-world corporate law skills and the legal perspective in business that will distinguish you from the crowd. 

The MLS with an emphasis in Business Law and Compliance covers an array of subject matter relevant to the business world, including legal compliance, legal concepts, and legal risk management. This program is offered fully online or in a flexible hybrid format where certain classes can be taken over several weekends a year on the San Antonio campus. You prepare your own curriculum so you can make sure your studies focus on the areas you need most.  

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
  • Contract Law and Strategies
  • Legal Research for Clients
  • Legal Analysis and Writing for Clients
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Foundations of Business Law
  • Advanced Business Law
  • Principles of Regulatory Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law (example of approved elective)
  • White Collar Crime (example of approved elective)
  • Insurance Law and Risk Transfer (example of approved elective)

Certificate | Business Law and Compliance

12 credits | 6 hours core courses, 6 hours specialized courses 

Graduate-level law certificates at Texas A&M University are designed for professionals interested in specialized legal training and an in-depth understanding of legal aspects of their industry without the monetary and time commitment of a full master’s degree. Courses are offered via asynchronous distance learning, allowing working professionals to access coursework and assignments on their own schedule. This online format includes case study assignments and regular interaction with classmates through video meetings, audio casts, chat rooms, discussion boards, and group breakout sessions. 

The Certificate in Business Law and Compliance is designed for new and experienced business professionals, including managerial positions involving contracting and negotiation, legal compliance, human resources, and risk assessment and mitigation. The certificate prepares these individuals to effectively address complex legal and policy challenges in the industry as they apply to policies, business, and economic factors. Participants learn about important federal and state laws, regulations and policies that impact business operations, advances in theory and practice, and applications of law, regulation and policies through case studies. Upon completion of the program, individuals will be able to synthesize scenarios, practice, and legal regulation in their business operations and provide analysis or judgments for consideration to organizational leadership with a nuanced perspective. 


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