Washington University School of Law was founded in 1867 and is the oldest continually operating private law school west of the Mississippi. The School of Law’s mission is to be the best place in the country to learn to be a lawyer; to be a community creating understanding research and providing service to the world; and to be a school structured around the most current and important ideas bearing upon the law.
Washington University School of Law’s online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program brings the same world-renowned faculty, academics and degree to you — regardless of where you work or reside.
The online Master of Legal Studies degree from Washington University School of Law offers an in-depth perspective of the U.S. legal system and develops practical legal skill sets—debate, analytical thinking, legal writing and more. Designed for non-lawyers, the degree provides students with the legal acumen needed to advance their careers in a wide variety of professions. The program blends live, face-to-face classes with self-paced coursework that is designed and taught by Washington University School of Law faculty. Graduates of the online Master of Legal Studies program receive the same degree as on-campus candidates, participate in graduation and join the global Washington University School of Law alumni network.
Features of the online MLS degree from Washington University School of Law include:
- An academically rigorous curriculum that meets the same standards as the on-campus program and is taught by the same faculty.
- Face-to-face, online classes designed to help students collaborate with faculty and build relationships with a global network of peers.
- Weekly self-paced coursework that can be accessed 24/7 and downloaded for offline access from mobile devices.
- Highly personalized services, including support advisors to help students navigate all elements of the program, from matriculation to graduation.
- An optional on-campus learning experience in St. Louis, MO. During the weekend trip, students will complete an elective course and network with faculty and peers.
|Total Credits||24 units|
|Full-Time vs. Part-Time||Both|
|Time to Complete||As little as one year (full-time)|
Washington University School of Law is ranked #18 in the top 20 Best Law Schools by US News & World Report. Washington University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), which it has continuously maintained since 1923.
Washington University School of Law’s online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is designed for professionals who are interested in exploring U.S. law as it relates to a wide array of disciplines, but don’t wish to become a practicing attorney. Delivered completely online, this top-tier program features the same rigorous curriculum as the on-campus program at Washington University School of Law. Classes are taught using the interactive and discussion-based Socratic method, a teaching style that encourages critical thinking to interpret legal cases and solve challenges.
The online Master of Legal Studies from Washington University allows students to focus their studies through elective courses that align with their professional goals and personal interests. Choose from elective courses in civil procedure, corporate compliance, professional responsibility, negotiation, business associations, intellectual property, constitutional law, employment law, health law, international business transactions, torts, trial advocacy and legal writing.
- GPA: Official transcripts must be submitted, but there is no minimum GPA required to apply.
- Test Requirement: LSAT/GRE exam(s) not required for admission.
- Work Experience: No minimum work experience required, but work experience may be considered by admissions council.
- Additional Requirements: A completed application must include a statement of purpose, resume or cover letter and application fee or waiver. An interview is required for admission into the MLS program and will be conducted via video-conference.
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