Online Master of Legal Studies in Sustainability Law
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The online Master of Legal Studies in Sustainability Law is a unique advanced legal degree for non-lawyers. Offered through ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, this program is taught by trained lawyers who are invaluable assets and influential leaders in policy dialogue and implementation locally, nationally, and internationally.
Scientific and legal innovations will be instrumental in meeting the needs of a growing global population in the midst of the sustainability movement. The emphasis in Sustainability Law equips students to employ legal constructs alongside technological tools to accelerate and support sustainable goals through world-class instruction, cutting-edge faculty research, and meaningful experience opportunities. Sustainably using the planet’s finite resources to support a growing global population with ever-increasing needs is a challenge that has and will continue to shape the future of environmental law and policy.
Scientific and legal innovations will be instrumental in meeting the needs of a growing global population in the midst of the sustainability movement.
The M.L.S. program is a customizable degree with eight possible focus areas (each focus area is four courses in a particular subject):
- Conflict Resolution
- Construction Law
- Corporate and Health Care Compliance
- Criminal Law
- HR & Employment Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Law & Sustainability
- Sports Law
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This course introduces non-JD students to the U.S. legal system and to the types of legal reasoning used by U.S. lawyers and judges. It provides the necessary instruction to use legal reasoning in work, including reading and understanding cases and statutes and applying existing law to the issue presented. Students will engage in extensive written legal analysis exercises.
SDO 518 Fundamentals of Contract Law
This course will explore the fundamental principles of contract law under the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code statutory provisions. The focus will be on issues of contract formation and interpretation, defenses to enforcement, warranties and conditions, and remedies for breach of contract.
SDO 598 Property
This course explores the indicia of ownership, found property, estates in lang, landlord-tenant relations, nonpossessory interests in property, nuisance, land-use planning, and transfers of interests in property.
SDO 525 Tort Law
This course covers the legal protections of personality, property, and relational interests against physical, economic, and emotional harms.
SDO 598 US Constitution Law
This course addresses the role of courts in the federal system; the distribution of powers between state and federal
SDO 598 Energy Law and Policy
This course examines laws relating to the ownership, conservation, and use of natural resources, with particular emphasis on energy-related resources such as coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydroelectric power, sunlight, and wind. The course explores and analyzes laws that allocate interests in energy resources and regulate energy production and delivery strategies so as to promote economic efficiency and mitigate adverse impacts on the natural environment.
SDO 598 Environmental Law
This course provides a survey of environmental regulation and policy. It draws upon cases arising under major environmental statutes, supplemented by transactional and background materials. The course explores the legal, policy, economic, scientific, and ethical aspects of environmental protection.
SDO 598 Land Use Regulation
This course explores the legal problems in the regulation and control of land development by state and local governments. Topics addressed may include the administration of zoning, subdivision, and other planning controls, and the issues of fairness and procedure in the utilization of such controls.
SDO 598 Water Law
This course will address the basic legal principles involved in acquiring, maintaining, transferring, and adjudicating property rights in water. Some attention will be paid to riparian (eastern) doctrines, but main emphasis will be placed on the prior appropriation systems common in the west. The course will also cover groundwater law (with a focus on Arizona and doctrines in other western states), developments of new water supplies, instream flow protection, interstate disputes and allocation (with focus on the Colorado River), federal and Indian water rights, and federal- state relations in water management.
With 300 combined years of experience, ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s faculty members span from across the country and are nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge. Additionally, the College of Law’s world- class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education around popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.
Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Legal Studies in Sustainability 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
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: https://law.asu.edu/admissions/apply/mls
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: