Online Master of Legal Studies – Law and Sustainability Emphasis
Given our planet’s finite resources, shaping environmental law and policy with sustainability in mind is instrumental for supporting the needs of a growing global population. In this Arizona State University’s Master of Legal Studies program, you can pursue an emphasis in law and sustainability. With this unique background, you may be able to compete for environmental law jobs.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 10
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 30
Degree questions, answered.
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Where the law and sustainability intersect
Policy decisions and legal constructs work alongside technological innovation to facilitate a sustainable future. As you work toward your Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in law and sustainability, you’ll learn how legal guidelines can be implemented to achieve outcomes related to conservation and resource management. In this program, you’ll interact with the latest research from the field, inspiring you to imagine new possibilities for how law and policy can support sustainability goals.
Is environmental law in demand?
As the momentum of the sustainability movement increases, innovative legal practices will be essential for ensuring the needs of an ever-expanding population are met. Environmental law jobs are expected to grow to meet this rising demand. Upon graduation, you can consider pursuing roles with government agencies at the local, state or federal level, as well as working with energy companies or nonprofit sustainability groups.
The benefits of a Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in law and sustainability
Through the Master of Legal Studies’ core curriculum, you’ll build a strong foundation in key legal concepts and principles. By completing an emphasis in law and sustainability, you’ll develop insight into important topics like energy regulation and water rights.
Additionally, in this program, you’ll learn from trained lawyers known for their contributions to environmental policy. However, this program will not prepare you to become a lawyer yourself.
Does my master's in legal studies 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 law and sustainability will not appear on your diploma or transcripts.
Environmental law master’s courses
As you pursue your MLS with an emphasis in law and sustainability, you’ll study with leading researchers and renowned faculty members who have a deep understanding of how the law impacts climate change, water, energy and environmental protection. Examples of courses in this degree program include:
U.S. Law and Legal Analysis
Energy Law and Policy
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Land Use Regulation
U.S. Constitution Law
What can you do with a master’s with an emphasis in law and sustainability?
Environmental law jobs are available in a wide range of sustainability-related fields. You can explore paths that influence future policy decisions related to construction, resource management and other sectors. Examples of potential careers in this discipline include:
Master of Legal Studies 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 Master of Legal Studies program while the applicant continues to submit any additional requested documentation. Find more information about the FastApp process here.
Imagine new possibilities for law and sustainability
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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