Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Online
If your current or future career involves the growing areas of regulation, compliance, law, negotiations, human resources, law enforcement, or working with agencies, tribal governments or corporations, the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree will enhance your knowledge and effectiveness.
Understand laws and regulations (without needing a law license), and advance your career and development prospects by obtaining legal and critical-thinking skills with the Master of Legal Studies degree.
- For spring 2019: Dec. 15 (Oct. 22 for international students)
- For summer 2019: April 20 (March 20 for international students)
- For fall 2019: Aug. 1 (June 1 for international students)
University of Arizona Law’s online MLS degree is a 30-unit, part-time or full-time (full-time available beginning fall 2018) program that provides a strong legal foundation. In addition to general legal studies, you may concentrate in:
- Compliance and Legal Risk Management
- International Trade and Business Law
- Intellectual Property
- Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy
- Human Rights
- Environmental Law and Policy
- Tax Law and Policy
- Criminal Law and Policy
- Family and Juvenile Law
- Mining Law and Policy
All concentrations (except mining law and policy) are required to begin the degree with five core courses:
- LAW 501 - Procedure (civil, criminal, and administrative procedure)
- LAW 502A - The American Common Law System I (torts, contracts)
- LAW 502B - The American Common Law System II (property)
- LAW 504 - The American Public Law System (constitutional law)
- LAW 507 - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research
Courses are 7.5 weeks in length. They are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. New online courses are added each semester. Students are a part of the UA Online campus.
*Note: The University of Arizona, like all higher education institutions, is required to obtain authorization from individual states to enroll students residing outside of Arizona. Check the Online Eligibility by State: http://uaonline.arizona.edu/online-eligibility-state
The cost is fixed at $650 per unit (excluding Mandatory University fees).
Online MLS Core and Elective Courses
Session 1: (August 21, 2017–October 11, 2017)
LAW 502A (3 units) The American Common Law System I. The American Common Law System I is one of two courses which conveys what is distinctive about the common law approach as a legal methodology and as a reflection and commentary on the history and politics of the American experience, from the early colonial period to the 21st century world of globalized commerce, human rights concerns and environmental and social justice. The course examines the history and sources of the common law, common law modes of legal rhetoric, argument, and communication skills and transformation and adaptation of the common law achieved through social justice and law reform movements. The weekly discussion sections will focus on the development of legal writing, research and critical reasoning skills necessary to solve legal problems, particularly in the context of predictive written communications to various audiences. The American Common Law System I course will focus primarily on Contract Law and Tort Law in the American legal system.
Law 554 (3 units) Environmental Law. The course will focus on the concepts underlying approaches to protecting the environment, using the common law and various environmental statutes primarily as examples of the different approaches to environmental protections. The course will emphasize pollution control law by studying the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The course will also study liability for contamination through a more detailed study of the Superfund law. The course will also discuss the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act. We will look not only at traditional regulatory mechanisms, but also at the opportunities for market and non-regulatory solutions. The course has a practical problem-based focus. Students should be able to use the analytic tools and knowledge gained in this course to develop solutions to a wide variety of environmental problems.
Session 2: (October 12, 2017–December 14, 2017)
LAW 507 (3 units) Legal Analysis, Writing and Research. This course will teach students how to find legal authorities relevant to legal problems; how to analyze a legal issue using facts and law; and how to communicate legal analysis logically and concisely. This course consists of research exercises; writing exercises, including letters and legal memoranda; and more complex research and writing assignments. Students will work in groups and individually to learn the fundamentals of good writing and editing skills.
Session 1: (January 10, 2018–March 4, 2018)
LAW 502B (3 units) The American Common Law System II. The American Common Law System II is one of two courses which conveys what is distinctive about the common law approach as a legal methodology and as a reflection and commentary on the history and politics of the American experience, from the early colonial period to the 21st century world of globalized commerce, human rights concerns and environmental and social justice. The course examines the history and sources of the common law, common law modes of legal rhetoric, argument, and communication skills and transformation and adaptation of the common law achieved through social justice and law reform movements. The weekly discussion sections will focus on the development of legal writing, research and critical reasoning skills necessary to solve legal problems, particularly in the context of predictive written communications to various audiences. The American Common Law System II course will focus primarily on Property Law and its intersections with Torts and Contract Law in the contemporary American legal system.
LAW 572 (3 units) Criminal Procedure. This course examines the legal procedures governing the investigation and arrest phases of criminal cases, guaranteed by the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The tensions between public safety, national security, and privacy rights will be discussed. The course will also feature current, topical cases and guest speakers.
Session 2: (March 5, 2018–May 10, 2018)
LAW 501 (3 units) Procedure. This course explores the legal process and procedures followed in our systems of civil and criminal justice. Topics will include the components of due process, adversarial legalism and the roles of attorneys, judges, prosecutors, and professional ethics, and the core elements of civil and criminal systems.
Summer Session 1 2018
LAW 504 (3 units) American Public Law System. This course begins with an examination of the historical world-wide evolution of mining laws and then turns to a review of the various laws of the United States regarding acquisition of mineral development rights. The course then turns to the exercise of these rights as well as financing mechanisms and international conventions related to mineral development and related impacts.
Law 556 (3 units) Introduction to Family Law. This course is an introduction to the fascinating field of family law. It focuses on the ways in which law defines and regulates the family. We will study a range of topics, including the following general topics:
- the law of intimate relations, including the legal status of nonmarital relationships
- the regulation of marriage, including who’s in and who’s out
- the legal consequences of marriage, both during marriage and at divorce
- evolving concepts of legal parenthood
- regulation of parent-child relations, including the law of child custody and child support