Online Master of Legal Studies
Arizona State University’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is a unique advanced degree designed for students interested in understanding law, but not practicing it. In this program, you’ll build a foundation in U.S. law, before choosing electives that support your career goals.
Next start date: 03/13/2023
Total classes: 10
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 30
Degree questions, answered.
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What is a Master of Legal Studies?
The MLS degree emphasizes a foundation in the law and basic legal concepts. The opportunity to customize this degree with focus areas makes it relevant to many applications. MLS students come from a variety of backgrounds, but share the common goal of obtaining familiarity with legal thought and exploring the relation of law to their targeted fields of work or study.
When you earn your Master of Legal Studies online, you have the option of tailoring your degree to your particular interests with one of 12 potential focus areas:
- Business law.
- Conflict resolution.
- Contract management.
- Construction law.
- Corporate and health care compliance.
- Criminal law.
- Indian gaming.
- Intellectual property law.
- Law and sustainability.
- Legal paraprofessional.
- Sports law and business.
- Tribal self-governance.
ASU Online also offers a Master of Human Resources and Employment Law. This program focuses on identifying and analyzing legal issues to solve critical human resources problems.
Is the MLS degree the same as a Juris Doctorate law degree?
Earning a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree is a key step toward becoming a practicing attorney, while completing an MLS degree provides an understanding of basic legal concepts that can be applied to various careers. A Master of Legal Studies degree does not allow you to practice law and program courses do not transfer to the Juris Doctor program. Instead, the MLS focuses on specific areas of the law that are relevant to your professional path. Knowledge of concepts ranging from conflict resolution to employment law can offer you valuable context and inform your decision-making.
Online master of legal studies courses
The MLS program is made up of one required course and one program core course. The remaining eight courses are composed of emphasis area or elective courses. Featured courses include, but are not limited to:
US Law and Legal Analysis
Administrative Agencies and Regulations
Fundamentals of Contract Law
What can I do with a master of legal studies?
The flexibility of the MLS degree means you can specify the courses most relevant to your career, whether through a customized curriculum or one of the focus areas. There are many potential careers graduates can consider, including, but not limited to:
Master of legal studies online 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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