The online Master of Legal Studies in HR & Employment Law, offered through ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, prepares students to move up the ladder in their current career or to pursue new and exciting career opportunities.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

Hiring high quality, effective personnel is critical to the success of every organization. Only trained professionals understand the complex legal and regulatory framework that impacts the recruitment, hiring, maintenance, promotion, and firing of employees and independent contractors. The emphasis in HR and Employment Law will allow professionals to identify and solve the critical problems facing organizations on a daily basis.

Students graduating with an MLS with an emphasis in HR and Employment Law have opportunities in careers such as:

  • Ombudsman
  • HR leadership
  • Company vice president
  • Hiring manager
  • Labor advocate
  • Head hunter
  • Business Owner

The M.L.S. program is a customizable degree with eight possible focus areas (each focus area is four courses in a particular subject):

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Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Legal Studies in HR & Employment Law have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:


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. Possible outcomes from FastApp submission may include:

  • Conditional Admission
  • A request for supplementary documents
  • A request to complete the full MLS application with accompanying documents
  • Denial

For the FastApp application to be considered complete, it must include:

  • The complete MLS FastApp application form and the following uploaded documents:
  • An Unofficial Transcript from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Resume that does not exceed three typed pages.

If a decision cannot be made from a FastApp, our Admissions team may request additional information from an applicant, including any or all of the following:

  • Writing sample
  • Explanations to affirmative answers to any conduct questions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended, including the transcript showing a bachelor's degree was conferred

Required Admissions Materials

***Students are strongly encouraged to first submit the MLS Fast App. This allows students to submit a much shorter application and the unit will ask for more information or materials as needed. The information below contains guidelines for items students might be asked to submit after completing the Fast App. More information about the Fast App can be found here:

Other Admissions Materials

  • Does the application require letters of recommendation?: Maybe – upon request from the Admissions Committee
  • Is a personal statement required? If so, what are the parameters?: Maybe, a statement of interest may be requested by the Admissions Committee
  • Writing Sample – A writing sample may be requested by the Admissions Committee
  • A document, a personal, academic, or professional writing or report, produced by you (academic or professional paper is preferred)
  • no less than 2 pages, no more than 10 pages; double-spaced; 12 point font
  • The writing sample is different from the personal statement.
  • The name of the uploaded file must contain the word Writing Sample
  • When possible, it is preferred the student submits a sample that cites to other sources

*Foreign educated applicants must submit a Full Application. Please see special instructions for foreign educated applicants:

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