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Master of Legal Studies Degree from the Drexel University School of Law

Curriculum

View a sample plan of study for the MLS – Health Care Compliance Concentration.

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Core Curriculum
All students completing a Master of Legal Studies must take a total of 30 semester credits consisting of the following courses, plus a Masters Capstone (3 or 4 credits, depending on the concentration)
LAW 500SIntroduction to the Legal System2.00 credits
LAW 501SCompliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting3.00 credits
LAW 502SEthics and Professional Standards 2.00 credits
LAW 503SLegal Research and Analysis 3.00 credits
LAW 540SMLS Masters Capstone3.00 credits

Concentration Curriculum
Elective Courses (16 or 17 credits, depending on the concentration) chosen from the catalog of all existing law school courses. Students in the Master of Legal Studies program will be taught in separate sections of these courses unless permission is given by the instructor for a student to take the course with JD students. Each concentration will have its own specific requirements for how the additional courses must be allocated.
Health Care Compliance Concentration
LAW 504SHealth Care Rules and Regulations 3.00 credits
LAW 505SHealth Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management 3.00 credits
LAW 506SPatients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations 2.00 credits
NCAA Compliance and Sports Law Concentration
LAW 510SNCAA Governance Process3.00 credits
LAW 511SNCAA Rules I and Infractions Cases3.00 credits
LAW 512SNCAA Rules II and Enforcement Process 3.00 credits

Course Descriptions

LAW 500S Introduction to the Legal System - 2.00 credits

This course will introduce students to the underpinnings of the American legal system by examining the legislative and judicial processes. Students will gain an understanding of where the power to regulate originates and the basis of federal laws and regulations. The course will also focus on specific, substantive areas of the law, such as torts, contracts, and criminal law.

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LAW 501S Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting - 3.00 credits

This course serves as an introduction to the growing area of law known as “compliance” and will expose students to key legal and operational concepts in the compliance field. This is a skills-based course that will provide students opportunities to develop internal audit skills and strategies, conduct internal investigation work plans, and draft executive level communications. Students will learn crucial skills such as work plan development, investigative techniques, interviewing methods and executive/board level reporting.

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LAW 502S Ethics and Professional Standards - 2.00 credits


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LAW 503S Legal Research and Analysis - 3.00 credits

Students will learn how to conduct legal research, analyze legal issues and synthesize their research in the form of written exercises. They will be exposed to a variety of online research tools in the context of the U.S. legal system and will complete numerous written communications of increasing length and complexity. They will receive detailed feedback on their written assignments and will learn to distill and communicate their research in the most effective ways.

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LAW 540S MLS Masters Capstone - 3.00 credits

This course will provide students with faculty and peer support and guidance in preparing a capstone research project in completion of the Master of Legal Studies. Students will prepare a major written project which may consist of a novel legal claim supported by a substantial literature review or an experientially-based study grounded in a substantial literature review.

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LAW 504S Health Care Rules and Regulations - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the laws and regulations prevalent in the health care compliance field. This course will equip students to read and interpret statutory language and to apply statutory and regulatory principles to situations they encounter in the health care field as compliance professionals.

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LAW 505S Health Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management - 3.00 credits

This course will examine methods and tools for managing quality in health care facilities, physician practices, managed care, and public health settings including developments in quality assurance and improvement, utilization review, risk management, and patient satisfaction.

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LAW 506S Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations - 2.00 credits

The focus of this course will be the privacy and security provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the foundation for federal protections of health care information. Additionally, the course will examine the interplay between HIPAA and other federal and state health privacy laws and the application and enforcement of those laws in a variety of health care settings. The class will incorporate discussions about the close and evolving relationships among health care policy, evolving social norms, and health privacy laws.

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LAW 510S NCAA Governance Process - 3.00 credits

This course will allow students to examine whether the increasing intensification of college sports might support or detract from higher education’s core mission. Students will study the NCAA legislative process and analyze the tradeoffs involved between the intensification of athletic programs and educational policy at institutions of higher learning.

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LAW 511S NCAA Rules I and Infractions Cases - 3.00 credits

This course will cover NCAA Division I rules and regulations with particular focus on recruitment, compliance, infractions, and sanctions. Students will also examine the impact of intercollegiate athletics on undergraduate education, particularly at large public research universities with high-profile football and men’s basketball teams playing at the top National College Athletics Association level.

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LAW 512S NCAA Rules II and Enforcement Process - 3.00 credits

This course will continue the study of NCAA Division I rules and regulations with particular focus on the conduct of student athletes, the enforcement process, the due process protections afforded student athletes, and the financial impact of intercollegiate athletics on institutions of higher education.

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