Do you have a passion for law? If you desire to learn more about the legal system without attending law school, taking the bar and becoming a licensed attorney, you might be interested in the Master’s of Legal Studies (MLS). On this page you’ll find information about online MLS programs offered through colleges and universities across the United States. We’ve also provided some general information to help you evaluate different legal studies programs.
To learn more about a particular online master’s degree in legal studies — including program details, student eligibility and admission requirements — select a school’s name below. Even after you’ve found an MLS program and requested more information, be sure to bookmark our resource center and check back often for articles, interviews, infographics, videos and other great resources pertinent to legal studies.
|Online MLS Programs|
|School||Live Classes||Mobile App (Offline Capable)||Class Size Under 15||On-Campus Requirement||Flexible Start Dates|
|Pepperdine Law (Sponsored School)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Washington University (Sponsored School)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Albany Law School||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|American Public University||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Arizona State University||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Florida State University||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Grand Canyon University||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Trinity Law School||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|University of Arizona||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|University of Denver||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|University of Illinois Springfield||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|University of Oklahoma||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|University of Southern California||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Wake Forest University||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|West Virginia University||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
As you explore the schools on this page, keep the following questions in mind to help you evaluate your online Master’s of Legal Studies degree options.
- Is the program accredited? Accreditation can be an important factor for some, but it’s not the ultimate marker of quality. To complicate matters, graduate legal studies programs aren’t typically accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), which accredits law schools.
- Does the program require campus visits? Even if 100 percent of the curriculum is delivered online, some MLS programs may require students to attend one or more on-campus events. Before you apply to an online Master’s of Legal Studies program, especially an out-of-state program, find out if there are travel requirements. If you will be required to attend on-campus sessions, ask whether the cost of these visits are included in the program’s tuition and fees. You may have to pay travel expenses yourself.
- Does tuition vary for in-state and out-of-state students? Considering the number of choices you have, you may find an appealing online MLS program offered by a school in another state. When looking at an MLS degree program in another state, find out whether the cost of tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
- How long will it take to earn your Master’s of Legal Studies degree? Master’s of Legal Studies programs may be offered both full-time and part-time. Additionally, credit hour requirements may vary between programs. Before you apply, look at the program’s course list and academic calendar to determine how long it will take you to earn your MLS degree. If you’re working full-time and/or have a family, make sure you can commit to a full courseload before enrolling in an full-time online MLS program.
A quick note on Master’s of Legal Studies rankings. Master’s-level legal studies programs usually aren’t included in graduate law program rankings, which instead focus on traditional Juris Doctorate programs. However, there are a few websites that provide Master’s of Legal Studies rankings. If you come across any such sites while performing additional research on the MLS programs listed below, make sure to look at the methodology behind the rankings. Online MLS degree rankings should be based on recent data compiled from credible sources, preferably government sources like the National Center for Education Statistics.
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