M.L.S. Master of Legal Studies

M.L.S. Application (.pdf)

The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program offers an interdisciplinary immersion in the law school curriculum to highly qualified non-lawyers who do not seek a degree that will enable them to practice law, but instead seek to achieve a basic familiarity with legal thought and to explore the relation of law to their ongoing fields of work or scholarship.

The program seeks M.L.S. candidates from a variety of backgrounds with a diversity of goals: natural scientists and engineers who want to study the legal regulation of science or the protection of intellectual property; social scientists who seek a foundation in law and legal process in order to design and conduct better informed empirical research on policy issues; humanities scholars who desire a foundational understanding of law and legal culture to enrich their primary historical or philosophical or literary scholarship; journalists who want to report on law-related events in a more informed and illuminating way; entrepreneurs and managers who hope to better advance their companies in industries as diverse as banking, insurance, construction, development, agribusiness, and electronics by better understanding the legal system in which they operate. This program is intended for the professional who wishes to study law, butdoes not seek to become an attorney. Credits from the M.L.S. will not transfer into law school. 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for application to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law are available from the Admissions department. 

Application Process     

To apply for the M.L.S. program you must provide:

1.    proof of a 4-year degree; either
  A)   an accredited college or university in the United States or
  B)   a comparable degree from a foreign institution approved by either the government or the relevant accrediting authority of the nation where the school is located. 
2.    a personal statement
3.    a résumé
4.    a writing sample
5.    two letters of recommendation
6.    completed M.L.S. Application
7.    official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degree studies.

Mail these items to the following address:     
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906

International Applicants

*Applicants who have earned academic credit in countries other than the United States: The World Education Services (WES) must independently evaluate all academic documents issued in countries other than the United States.Please contact WES at http://www.wes.org/ to obtain an application for an evaluation.You must request a course-by-course evaluation and order that an official copy from WES be sent directly to:

Graduate Admissions
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906

Your application for admission to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law will not be complete until this evaluation is received by the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. International applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate College as well as those of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. If English is not your native language, you must provide evidence of English proficiency as indicated by acceptable scores. Applicants should have a TOEFL score above 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 96 (internet). Exceptional candidates with relevant experience and background who have scores of at least 590 (paper) or 243 (computer) also will be considered. 

Degree Requirements

The M.L.S. program consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved study. By way of introduction to legal methodology and reasoning, each M.L.S. candidate will be required to choose at least two of the following basic first-year law courses—Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts. Candidates will additionally choose either Legal Process, Legislation, or Jurisprudence in order to include a broad perspectives course in their curriculum. These core courses will provide 10 to 12 of the requisite 30 credit hours. The remainder of the credit hours are electives. Course selection will be flexible to accommodate the diversity of intellectual interests the program is intended to serve. Students will earn the remainder of their credits through whatever combination of elective law school courses — and in some instances courses offered elsewhere in the University — best complements and advances the student’s goals. To focus those interests appropriately, each student will be assigned a faculty advisor, in consultation with whom the student will design a suitable curriculum. Any electives outside the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law must be approved in advance by your advisor. A thesis is not required. M.L.S. candidates can complete the program in one year or extend it over as much as three years. Candidates should note, however, that most classes are offered during regular business hours. Current course schedules may be reviewed at apps.law.asu.eduhttp://apps.law.asu.edu/Apps/Registrar/CourseInfo


Tuition is $25,000 for a full-time program completed in one year or a part-time program completed in more than three years. If a student enrolls on a part-time basis, the $25,000 program fee will be divided over the terms of enrollment on a per credit hour basis. ASU employee tuition remission is not available on the special program fee portion of the program costs. 


The M.L.S. program utilizes a "rolling" admissions process. Early submission of your application is recommended. 

For further information contact:

Director of Graduate and Executive Education
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
Ph: 480.965.6847
Fax: 480.727.7930