Online Master of Legal Studies – Criminal Law Emphasis
Earning a Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in criminal law means building competencies related to law enforcement agencies, as well as the rights of suspects and convicted people. You’ll also develop expertise related to the social goals of the penal system and variations in laws between jurisdictions. With this unique degree, you can compete for many criminal justice roles.
Next start date: 08/18/2022
Total classes: 10
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 30
Degree questions, answered.
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What is criminal law?
Criminal law involves the definition of criminal offenses, the processes through which accused individuals are charged and brought before the court, punishments and avenues for rehabilitation. The criminal justice system is the collection of government agencies and departments, such as law enforcement and the courts, that carry out duties related to criminal law.
Criminal law programs are most often associated with attorneys who practice in this space. However, specialized knowledge of this area can be valuable to professionals, including law enforcement officers, court clerks and social workers. Through the study of criminal law, you’ll learn about the myriad of agencies charged with enforcing various laws, the rights of suspected or convicted people, societal goals that may be achieved via offenders’ punishments and how laws vary in different states and countries.
What is an MLS with an emphasis in criminal law?
The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) with an emphasis in criminal law degree comprises two foundational curriculum offerings:
- The Master of Legal Studies, a degree designed for students who wish to better understand the law but not practice as an attorney.
- The criminal law emphasis, which features a course list focused on topics like evidence, criminal procedure, post-conviction processes and more.
By earning this criminal law degree emphasis, you’ll develop a nuanced understanding and deep knowledge of the theories and practices used in the criminal justice system.
Will my legal studies master's degree 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.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Master of Legal Studies. Your emphasis in criminal law will not appear on your diploma or transcripts.
Criminal law degree emphasis courses
In the criminal law program emphasis, you’ll begin by developing a foundation in the legal system and the elements of legal reasoning. This is a shared starting point across the MLS program and all of its areas of emphasis. You’ll then focus on aspects of the legal system directly relevant to criminal law. Featured courses include:
U.S. Law and Legal Analysis
Advanced Topics in Criminal Law
Fundamentals of Contract Law
What can I do with a criminal law degree emphasis?
Criminal law degree emphasis admission requirements
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 MLS program while the applicant continues to submit any additional requested documentation. Find more information about the FastApp process here.
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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 and World Report rankings highlight our dedication to preparing students for success.
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