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​Arizona State University – Online Master of Legal Studies2019-06-17T18:07:55+00:00

Arizona State University – Online Master of Legal Studies

Program Overview

From Arizona State University:

“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 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.”

At a Glance

Total credit hours 30
Tuition per credit Tuition and fees
Concentrations The MLS program is a customizable degree with five possible emphases (each emphasis is four courses in a particular subject):

  • Sports Law: This program is for industrious students interested in working in the sports, entertainment and related industries. Graduates are equipped to understand the regulatory, revenue and branding forces at work in the sports industry, nationally and globally.
  • Law & Sustainability: The online Sustainability Law emphasis prepares students to employ legal constructs alongside technological tools to accelerate and support sustainable goals through world-class instruction, cutting-edge faculty research, and meaningful experience opportunities.
  • HR & Employment Law: Hiring high quality, effective personnel is critical to the success of every organization. Only trained professionals understand the complex legal and regulatory framework that impacts the recruitment, hiring, maintenance, promotion, and firing of employees and independent contractors.
  • Intellectual Property Law: Innovation and creativity are the foundation of a knowledge economy. The emphasis in intellectual property will arm students with knowledge of intellectual property protection options, the ability to spot situations where creative advancements are vulnerable to loss, and an understanding of how to create competitive advantages through brand building, barriers to entry and navigating difficult problems.
  • Criminal Law: The study of criminal law equips students to understand the myriad agencies charged with enforcing various laws, the rights of suspected or convicted people, societal goals that may be achieved via the punishments meted out to offenders, and how laws differ from state to state and country to country.
Full-time/part-time/accelerated Full-time/part-time
Time to complete One year (full time)
Admission requirements According to Arizona State University, to be eligible for admission to the Master of Legal Studies program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

Bachelor’s degree requirement
Applicants are required to have a minimum of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an officially recognized international institution.

GPA requirement
Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate studies. However, if applicants are unable to meet this requirement, their application may still be considered.

Graduate programs may also have additional application requirements including:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE test scores
  • Current resume
  • Short-answer questions
  • References
  • Personal statement

ASU requires an official transcript sent directly from the college(s) in which applicant received a bachelor’s degree or higher. ASU will also accept official transcripts issued by the college’s registrar bearing the original seal of the institution and the signature of an academic official from the institution.