Online Master of Legal Studies

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.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/20/2020


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Details

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 nine possible focus areas (each focus area 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 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.

Featured courses


Required course

SDO 581 U.S. Law and Legal Analysis (3)


Foundational course

SDO 515 Contracts


Foundational course

LAW 530 Fundamentals of Contract Law


Foundational course

SDO 516 Criminal Law


Foundational course

LAW 517 Torts


Foundational course

SDO 518 Civil Procedure


Foundational course

LAW 522 Constitutional Law I


Foundational course

SDO 523 Property


Related careers

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:

Chief executive officer

Compliance officer

Contract manager

Athletic director

Patent officer

Law enforcement professional

Sustainability manager

Prestigious faculty

The faculty members in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have more than 300 combined years of experience. Hailing from across the country, they’re nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge.

The College of Law’s world-class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education in popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.

Prestigious faculty

The faculty members in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have more than 300 combined years of experience. Hailing from across the country, they’re nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge.

The College of Law’s world-class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education in popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.

Admission 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.

Study at one of the best law schools in the country

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU is one of the top schools in the nation. The college provides personalized and practical legal education. Offering more than 250 unique courses, students have the opportunity to tailor their educational experiences to meet their unique interests. Our bar passage achievements and peer-reviewed U.S. News and World Report rankings highlight our dedication to preparing students for success.

#1


in Arizona for bar passage.

Top 25


Bar Passage & JD Advantage Jobs, according to the American Bar Association.

Top 10


Public Law Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Top 30


Best Law Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition calculator

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