University of Arizona Law’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is a one-year degree program pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. The MLS is designed to enhance the effectiveness of a broad spectrum of professionals whose work involves regulations, negotiations, or working with lawyers or legal issues.

If you find yourself needing a better foundation for working with and understanding laws and regulations, or wish to improve your career prospects by obtaining legal and critical thinking skills, the MLS may be just the right fit.

The MLS Program allows professionals to:

  • Gain both general and specialized knowledge of the U.S. legal system specific to their areas of interest;
  • Learn the process of legal analysis by examining cases, laws, and regulations related to their specific interests;
  • Further their ability to think and communicate critically about legal issues that affect a broad spectrum of career fields;
  • Gain familiarity with contemporary legal issues facing the U.S. and the world;
  • Learn the practical and theoretical implications of the law and legal process as it affects their area of interest;
  • Conduct legal and interdisciplinary research relevant to their area of interest;
  • Develop skills to communicate in writing and orally about such issues; and
  • Think critically about solutions to issues in a variety of fields that take into account legal and interdisciplinary factors.


“[Having the degree] enriches my ability to inform the public about the government and those who run it or make decisions about policy. I also hope that it will make me a more competitive candidate for any jobs I seek in the future.”

-Andrea Kelly ('16), News Director, Arizona Public Media

Key Contacts

Keith Swisher portrait

Keith Swisher

Professor of Legal Ethics; Director, BA in Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs

Mark L.M. Blair

Mark L.M. Blair

Associate Director, Master of Legal Studies Program; Undergraduate Law Program & Professor of Practice