If you want to understand legal principles and apply them to your field of interest, without actually becoming a lawyer, the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is for you. The MLS is a flexible 30-credit graduate program for those interested in learning about the law, or whose work intersects with the law.
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In order to be admitted to the MLS program, you 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. Graduate school entrance exams (e.g. LSAT, GRE, GMAT) are not required.
ASU Law also offers the Master of Legal Studies Honors (MLS-H) program, an alternative, conditional path to admission to the JD program. The MLS-H program is designed to give students with strong credentials an opportunity to prove they belong in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law JD program.
- Offered in the fall and spring
- Full- or part-time options
- Online or on campus
- Focus your MLS on popular areas of study
- Or pursue an MLS concurrently with several graduate business degrees at ASU:
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is one of the country’s preeminent law schools, with a wide range of focus areas and unique experiences. We offer a 30 credit, one-year Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program for people who want to expand their knowledge of the U.S. legal system and business environment. No prior legal training is needed. ASU Law’s world-class faculty provide students with unparalleled opportunities to gain insights and practical skills needed to address legal challenges on a global scale. Spend a year with us to improve your English, network with future lawyers, and develop the knowledge and skills you need to help you succeed, no matter where your future leads you.