Online Master of Legal Studies – Construction Law Emphasis

Arizona State University’s Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in construction law is your path to developing knowledge and experience related to key regulations, requirements and relationships in this industry. You’ll study how to interpret laws, how to speak and decipher complex legal terms and whether using a lawyer is in your company’s best interests.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

Degree questions, answered.

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What contract and construction law skills will I gain in this program?

Construction law refers to regulations, contracts, legal precedents, liabilities and similar concepts that influence industry operations. It involves several areas of legal interest, from torts to contract law.

As a student in the Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in construction law program, you’ll learn about concepts concerning:

  • Contractors and subcontractors.
  • Contracts.
  • Environmental and other regulations.
  • Owner relationships.
  • Site conditions.

Additionally, you’ll cover topics including construction contracts, zoning law, property law and water law. You’ll also take on key roles in project oversight and leadership while competing for related positions.

Will this master’s help me become a construction lawyer?

A construction law degree emphasis is valuable for many roles in the industry. While the Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in construction law won’t prepare you to become a construction lawyer, it will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the law. Knowledge in this area benefits architects, site supervisors, regulatory specialists and more.

What is a degree emphasis? Is it the same as a concentration?

A degree emphasis is similar to a concentration, but there are key differences.

  • A concentration is a formalized selection of courses within a major. A concentration requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of which at least nine credit hours must be upper division. Your concentration appears on both your ASU diploma and your transcripts.
  • An emphasis is a selected topic area defined within the major. It’s typically 9–12 credit hours and doesn’t need to be officially declared. The emphasis will not appear on your diploma or transcripts.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Master of Legal Studies. Your emphasis in construction law will not appear on your diploma or transcripts.

Construction law courses

The curriculum for the construction law degree emphasis begins with a foundation in the basics of U.S. law, followed by a review of important legal areas in the industry. You can count on focused support provided by a team dedicated to the needs of Master of Legal Studies students. Featured courses include:


Core

U.S. Law and Legal Analysis


Elective

Advanced Topics in Construction Law


Elective

Construction Law


Elective

Constitution Law


Elective

Energy Law and Policy


Elective

Environmental Law


Elective

Fundamentals of Contract Law


Elective

Land Use Regulation


What can I do with a construction law emphasis?

A construction law emphasis allows you to offer key insights and guidance for the many legal facets of construction projects. Proficiency in construction law is widely applicable within the industry. Successful projects require attention to the regulations that influence project certification, planning, design and physical construction. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Architect

City manager

Land use planner

Policy director

Real estate developer

Remediation specialist

Supervisor

Experienced and committed educators

The faculty members in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have more than 300 combined years of experience. Hailing from across the country, they’re nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge. The College of Law’s world-class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education in popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.

Experienced and committed educators

The faculty members in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have more than 300 combined years of experience. Hailing from across the country, they’re nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge. The College of Law’s world-class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education in popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.

How to apply

Applicants to the Master of Legal Studies program must fulfill the requirements of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

U.S.-educated applicants can apply through our FastApp process, which streamlines the application process and may allow for an offer of conditional admission to the Master of Legal Studies program while the applicant continues to submit any additional requested documentation. Find more information about the FastApp process here.

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Study at one of the best law schools in the country

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU is one of the top schools in the nation. The college provides personalized and practical legal education. Offering more than 250 unique courses, students have the opportunity to tailor their educational experiences to meet their unique interests. Our bar passage achievements and peer-reviewed U.S. News & World Report rankings highlight our dedication to preparing students for success.

#1


in Arizona for bar passage.

5


law programs ranked amongst the top 25 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

#15


best public law schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

#36


best law schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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