Why choose a Master of Legal Studies?

The law touches every career. Accordingly, students that apply to the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) 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 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 MLS program is a customizable degree with nine possible focus areas (each focus area is four courses in a particular subject):

  • Conflict resolution.
  • Construction law.
  • Corporate and health care compliance.
  • Contract management.
  • Criminal law.
  • HR and employment law.
  • Intellectual property law.
  • Law and sustainability.
  • Sports law and business.

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

 

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    ASU Library

    Students who learn online have access to all of ASU Libraries’ resources through the Library. This includes research databases, electronic journals, e-books, and other research material. Library One Search allows you to search for books, journal articles and other materials through one easy-to-use search box.

    Career services
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    Career services

    Career and Professional Development Service offers support year-round for online students, designed to strengthen your job search skills, build your resume, enhance your interview skills, and more. Virtual career advising appointments are available for all online students. Appointments can be made up logging in to Handshake. We also encourage students and alumni to take advantage of the multitude of other virtual services including: virtual career fairs and workshops, resume Drop Box for online resume reviews, InterviewStream for virtual practice interviews, online chat with a career professional, access downloadable handouts and resume examples and more!

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    Online tutoring

    Need help with writing, math, biology, Spanish or another subject? ASU provides a number of tutoring resources online. Online tutoring is live, free, and available to all ASU students, including online degree students.

     

    Subject area tutoring is available on a small group, drop-in basis. Schedule writing appointments using TutorTrac.

    Study abroad
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    Study abroad

    The Arizona State University Study Abroad Office offers more than 200 different programs in over 65 countries! ASU Online Students can study abroad during any term including summer or fall/spring semester, as well as spring break programs.

     

    Studying abroad impacts your life in many positive ways that last far beyond the duration of your program.

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    Success Center

    Part personal advisor, part cheerleader, success coaches are focused on supporting you in achieving your goals. From helping you adjust to life as an online student, offering success strategies, time management tips and reminders, to connecting you to resources at ASU, success coaches are there to help smooth any bumps in the road and to cheer you on as you cross the finish line.

     

    “I love the approach ASU Online has of not just getting students through those first few courses, but on working with students in a supporting role throughout their entire academic experience.” – Christopher Kozma, ASU Online Success Coach

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    With your determination and ASU+, you’ll have all you need to thrive. Our suite of unique, premier services empower you toward success on your educational journey.

     

    Unmatched suite of support services

     

    • Personal care programs
    • Time management awareness and coaching
    • Student well-being programs
    • Students success coaches
    • High-quality classes
    • Technical resources
    Application requirements

    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.

    Admission to the program is competitive.

    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 MLS applicants are required to complete the MLS application online at law.asu.edu/MLSApply.

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