If you lead a church, you know that there are many issues aside from ministry. A myriad of legal risks are also involved. Religious freedom issues, property disputes, and employment procedures are just a few of the challenges churches frequently face and it can be hard to know the best way forward. Trinity’s Master of Legal Studies in Church and Ministry Management trains church leaders with the skills to protect their members’ rights and preemptively avoid legal attacks. While it doesn’t train you to be an attorney, it does prepare you to use the law to keep the doors open for the gospel.
Trinity Law School is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. The legal education provided by Trinity Law School meets all requirements under the rules and regulations pertaining to admission to the practice of law in California. Learn More >>
Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.
Master of Legal Studies students who demonstrate a deep understanding of the advantages that an MLS can provide in their respective fields are automatically considered for scholarships ranging from 20%-50% of tuition (up to $4,500-$11,250) over the course of the entire degree program. Scholarships are renewable as long as specific academic criteria are met each semester.Learn More
MLS applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). The GRE is not required for admission. In addition to the application, applicants must provide official transcripts from the colleges/universities at which they have earned degrees and two letters of recommendation.
In addition to satisfying the admission requirements, you must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by an agency approved by the California State Bar to determine whether or not you meet the pre-legal education requirements. A list of the approved agencies and instructions for evaluation requests can be found on the California State Bar’s website. You must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL) if the first language of your country of origin is not English. TOEFL requirement may be waived if you are able to show proficiency in the English language.
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Trinity Law School is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. The legal education provided by Trinity Law School meets all requirements under the rules and regulations pertaining to admission to the practice of law in California. Trinity Law School and Trinity International University are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (phone: 800.621.7440; https://www.hlcommission.org/). Trinity Law School’s degree-granting authority in connection with its students qualifying to take the California Bar Examination and obtain admission to the practice of law in California is based on accreditation by the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California. Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.
Trinity Law School is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Southern Association of Law Libraries, the Special Libraries Association, and the Association of California Accredited Law Schools. For any questions about our accreditation and practicing law in states other than California, please contact Trinity Law School Admissions. Additional information about practicing in other states can be found in Chart 3 of the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements (available here), as well as on the website for the National Conference of Bar Examiners. See Full Accreditation >>
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