Online Master of Legal Studies from a Top-20 Ranked Law School

Expand Your Legal Knowledge in 12 Months

Bachelor's Degree Required
No GRE or LSAT to Apply

Washington University School of Law is ranked as a top-20 law school by U.S. News & World Report.¹ Founded in 1867, it is the oldest operating law school west of the Mississippi River.

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, which is delivered online by the School of Law, is ideal for non-lawyers who would benefit from a foundational understanding of the U.S. legal system but do not wish to become practicing attorneys.

The online Master of Legal Studies enables you to:

Cultivate key legal skills with self-paced, weekly course work

Foster connections with a diverse community of professionals across the U.S.

Attend live, interactive classes in a face-to-face online classroom

Apply what you’re learning to your career as you learn it

Learn from renowned School of Law faculty

How Can I Use an MLS?

Professionals in many different industries can advance their careers by gaining fundamental legal knowledge from a Master of Legal Studies. In our program, students first examine the basic tenets and procedures of the U.S. legal system, and then have the opportunity to customize their curriculum with a range of electives — such as Health Law, Corporate Compliance, Intellectual Property and Civil Procedure. Here are a few examples of how these courses might be used on the job:

  • Contracts and Negotiation: These courses equip students with a comprehensive understanding of employment contracts, loans and credit, and the ability to draft agreements and arbitrate effectively — skills that can be critical for professionals like business executives, real estate agents and social workers.

  • Health Law: In this course, students will learn about topics such as the Affordable Care Act; private, state and federal regulation of the health care system; and the provider-patient relationship. This in-depth knowledge of health-care law is helpful for a variety of health care-related jobs in order to provide quality care and train staff effectively.

  • Corporate Compliance: This course examines what motivates corporate misconduct, theories of regulatory enforcement and what punishments will result. This is important background for investors, entrepreneurs and politicians in order to conduct business safely and protect themselves.

Students in the MLS program also have the opportunity to earn one of our five certificate offerings: Business Law, Conflict Resolution, Litigation, Regulatory Compliance, and Employment Law. These certificates allow you to specialize in a particular area of law and customize your degree to your professional interests.

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¹ 2021 Best Law Schools. (2020). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved August, 31 2020, from