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Online Master of Legal Studies, MLS

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The law touches every career. Accordingly, students that apply to the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program 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 online Master of Legal Studies is a unique advanced legal degree for non-lawyers. 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 MLS program is a customizable degree with the following possible emphases (each emphasis is four courses in a particular subject):

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 MLS 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 MLS 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 are unique and will help differentiate graduates from others in their career fields.

What it costs

The cost of this program is $1,167 per credit hour, which includes graduate tuition and ASU Law’s program fees.

Technology, Financial Aid Trust and other mandatory university fees may apply.

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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.

All students will apply by utilizing ASU Law’s admissions process.