Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Concentrations

Consider specializing in an area of law as part of your Master of Legal Studies degree if you wish to gain deeper expertise in a particular field. In addition to the following concentrations, you may design your own curriculum to suit your interests and goals.

Concentrations are optional and do not appear on your transcript.  If you complete a concentration you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the College of Law.  Your degree will read "Master of Legal Studies."

All concentrations are also available online.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Understand the various non-litigational processes used to resolve disputes, including negotiations, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration

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Compliance and Legal Risk Management Concentration

Prepare for a career in “the fastest growing corporate profession in America,” by equipping yourself with an expertise in compliance. 

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Criminal Law and Policy Concentration

Designed to prepare individuals for careers in which knowledge of criminal law, procedure and understanding of the criminal justice system is essential or helpful. 

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Environmental Law and Policy Concentration

Train in environmental law areas such as pollution law, water law, natural resources law, energy law and ecosystem management. 

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Family and Juvenile Law Concentration

Receive thorough training in family and juvenile law for a career in mediation, social work, psychology and other professions dealing with families and/or children. 

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Health Law and Policy

Acquire specialized knowledge and training to help navigate complex legal issues in the practice and delivery of health care. Courses provide students with a fundamental understanding of the laws, policies, and ethics surrounding the health care industry and the regulations governing the development of medical products.

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Human Rights Concentration

Attain the legal foundation and tools to advocate against, or avoid, human rights violations with a concentration in human rights law. 

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Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Concentration

Train to address the complex issues facing Indigenous peoples today from the leading Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program. 

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Intellectual Property Concentration

Acquire theoretical and practical knowledge required to understand and work with legal issues under the broad umbrella of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

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International Trade & Business Law Concentration

Understand the complexities of international trade law, international commercial law and international investment.

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Law & Economics

The Master of Legal Studies with a concentration in Law and Economics will give you an enhanced understanding of law and regulation, economic theory and empirical methods

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Legal Paraprofessional (LP) Concentration

Prepare for a career as a Legal Paraprofessional and to qualify for LP licensure in Arizona, with endorsement areas in Civil, Family, Criminal, or Administrative Law.

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Mining Law and Policy Concentration

Due to the world-class educational resources in mining and mining law available at the UA and Arizona Law, students can gain both a broad and deep training in a variety of aspects of mining. 

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Tax Law and Policy Concentration

In collaboration with Eller College of Management, the Tax Law and Policy concentration prepares professionals for careers involving compliance with tax laws or the formulation of effective tax policy. 

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Key Contacts

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

Mark L.M. Blair
Associate Director, Master of Legal Studies Program; Undergraduate Law Program

Linus Kafka
Assistant Director, Careers and Outreach, Master of Legal Studies Program; Undergraduate Law Program