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Washington University in St. Louis Master of Legal Studies online

Earn a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree for non-lawyers, without relocating or putting your career on hold.

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About the program

  • Global network: Connect with an alumni network of 130,000 professionals and take your career to a new level.
  • Designed for non-lawyers: Gain specialized legal skills while building a foundation in law.
  • Expert support: Receive support from a dedicated team every step of the way throughout your program.

About Washington University in St. Louis

Founded in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to the exploration of knowledge, the formation of leaders, and the betterment of the world. Knowledge is generated, disseminated, and applied in an encouraging and supportive environment. Its School of Law was founded in 1867; it is the 12th oldest law school in the nation, and the oldest west of the Mississippi.

Since 1913, Washington University in St. Louis has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and has obtained acquiescence by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Online MLS learners at Washington University School of Law have the ability to choose one of five concentrations to specialize in, and as such increase their own credentials, marketability, and credibility. Learners can pick their concentration once they’ve first completed at least 9 credits after enrollment. The five concentrations are as follows:

  • Business law: Gain the knowledge you need to make decisions regarding negotiations for business transactions, drafting contractual and agreements, or interpreting legal regulations.
  • Conflict resolution: Learn methods for managing conflict in business negotiations, the workplace, and disputes, and for finding solutions.
  • Employment law: Explore the processes behind recruiting, hiring, and employment contracts, and gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between employer and employee.
  • Litigation: Study pretrial and trial preparation, as well as cross-examination, and master the elements of litigation and civil procedure.
  • Regulatory compliance: Learn the legal foundation necessary to implement workplace policies, interpret legal regulations, and analyze contractual agreements.
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In order to apply for an online MLS at Washington University School of Law, learners must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. GRE and LSAT scores are not required. For qualified students, scholarships may be available. Upon completion of the program, learners will have earned 24 credits and will receive an online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree. To apply to the program, you will need to submit the following:

  • Statement of purpose

  • Official transcripts

  • Online interview

  • Résumé or CV

Immersion learning

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Twice a year, in the spring and fall, learners have the optional opportunity to spend one weekend in person on the Washington University campus in St. Louis, Missouri. During this program, learners meet with faculty and peers, network with local law firm and organizational professionals, take a 1-credit elective course, meet with federal and state judges, and observe live court hearings.

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