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Arizona Legal Paraprofessional: MLS

The State of Arizona now allows non-lawyers to provide legal services in a limited capacity through its new Legal Paraprofessional (LP) license. The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has a history of educating and preparing practice-ready attorneys. Through the ASU Law Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, students will have access to the expert faculty and curricular resources to provide non-lawyer, limited legal practitioners the knowledge, expertise and preparation needed to be eligible for licensure.

The limited practice areas include:

  • Family law;
  • Civil law (limited jurisdiction);
  • Criminal (limited jurisdiction, where no jail time is involved); and,
  • State administrative law (as permitted by agencies).

ASU Law's MLS program provides students with the courses and knowledge needed to meet the Arizona Legal Paraprofessional licensure exam(s) eligibility requirements. Once a license is obtained, Legal Paraprofessionals will be able to provide legal advice and assistance to clients in the permitted practice areas, including client representation in court.

Launch your legal career today with an MLS degree.

Coursework

Students must complete three core courses plus whatever specific additional courses are required for the limited practice area in which they plan to pursue licensure:
 
LP Core Courses (applicable to all tracks):

  • SDO 598 – Professional Responsibility (Emphasis Core)
  • SDO 598 – Professional Legal Writing (Emphasis Core)
  • SDO 544 – Evidence (Emphasis Core)

For the Family Law and Civil Practice tracks:

  • SDO 598 – Family Law (Track Core)
  • SDO 598 – Federal Civil Procedure (Track Core)
  • SDO 598 – Arizona Civil Procedure (Track Core)

For the Criminal Law track:

  • SDO 515 – Criminal Law (Track Core)

For the Admin Law track:

  • SDO 511 – Administrative Agencies and Regulations (Track Core)
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