Online Master of Legal Studies
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The online Master of Legal Studies at Arizona State University is a unique advanced legal degree for non-lawyers. Offered through ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, this 30-credit program enables professionals to gain a foundation in U.S. law in as little as one year and without pursuing a full law degree.
The law touches every career. Accordingly, students that apply to the Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and are looking to move up the ladder in their current career or to pursue new and exciting career options.
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
The program explores the relationship between law and a wide variety of topics that are important to fields such as business, criminal justice, engineering, sports, sustainability, education, banking, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, human resources and many others. International students will find the M.L.S. program to be a valuable resource for gaining a general understanding of U.S. law and how decisions are made within the U.S. legal structure.
Graduates that earn an M.L.S. degree will have a basic understanding of U.S. law, legal structures, and legal reasoning. Additionally, graduates will be able to apply the law to situations that affect their professional and personal lives, including an understanding of when a legal issue is present that requires an attorney to be involved. The skills and expertise developed in the program is unique and will help differentiate graduates from others in their career fields.
The nation’s leading law school
- #1 in Arizona for bar passage - only law school where students placed top 3 on the Arizona bar exam in the last 25 years
- #3 public law school in the West
- #8 public law school in the nation
- #10 career services
- #14 financial aid
- #16 best value
- #25 best law school in the country
SDO 581 U.S. Law and Legal Analysis (3)
- SDO 515 Contracts* or LAW 530 Fundamentals of Contract Law (4/3)
- SDO 516 Criminal Law (3)* LAW 517 Torts (2/4)*
- SDO 518 Civil Procedure (3/5)* LAW 522 Constitutional Law I (3)*
- SDO 523 Property (2/4)* LAW 602 Civil Procedure II (3/4)
- SDO 604 Criminal Procedure (3)
- SDO 625 Constitutional Law II (3/4)
- SDO 654 Business Organizations (3/4)
- SDO 664 Intellectual Property (2/4)]
*Students may enroll in a maximum of two courses marked with an asterisk.
The remainder of the credits are electives. Elective course selection will be flexible, to accommodate the diversity of intellectual and professional interests the program is intended to serve.
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 have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law offers the master's degree program for students who do not wish to practice law, but believe that education in the law would be beneficial to their advancement in their careers or in other fields.
Students should see the program website for application deadlines.
Admission to the program is competitive. In order to be admitted, applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university in the United States or attained a comparable degree from a foreign institution, and have submitted a complete application to the program. Selection will be based on a variety of factors, including academic background and potential, diversity of experience and background, career experience and ambitions, space and resource limitations in the law school and other factors.
For an application to be considered complete, it must include the following:
- The completed MLS application form
- The required application fee
- A resume that does not exceed three typed pages
- A personal statement (typed, double-spaced) that does not exceed 1,250 words
- Transcripts from all institutions attended, including the transcript showing that the bachelor's degree was conferred
- Two letters of recommendation
- A writing sample
Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions must submit transcripts to World Education Services and meet the Graduate College and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law English proficiency requirements.