Online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) at Washington University School of Law
About Washington University School of Law
Washington University School of Law was founded in 1867 and is the oldest continually operating private law school west of the Mississippi. Housed on campus in Anheuser-Busch Hall, the School of Law has more than 700 students and more than 100 faculty members. The School of Law’s mission is to be the best place in the country to learn to be a lawyer; to be a community creating understanding research and providing service to the world; and to be a school structured around the most current and important ideas bearing upon the law. Washington University School of Law is ranked in the top 20 of American law schools by U.S. News and World Report.
The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree from Washington University School of Law offers an in-depth perspective of the U.S. legal system and develops practical legal skill sets – debate, analytical thinking, legal writing, and more. Designed for non-lawyers, the degree provides students with the legal acumen needed to advance their careers in a wide variety of professions – from business to health care. Delivered entirely online, the program blends live, face-to-face classes with self-paced coursework that is designed and taught by Washington University School of Law faculty. Graduates of the online Master of Legal Studies program receive the same degree as on-campus candidates, participate in graduation, and join the global Washington University School of Law alumni network.
As a student in the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) online program from Washington University School of Law, you can earn one of five certificates that allow you to specialize in particular areas of law: business law, conflict resolution, litigation, regulatory compliance, or employment law. Building on the foundational knowledge you gain from an MLS degree, these certificates will essentially help you increase your credibility and make you more marketable in your field.
The Best of On-Campus is Now Online
Unlike other online learning experiences, the MLS program blends live, face-to-face online class sessions with immersive self-paced coursework and real-world experiences. Features of the program include:
An academically rigorous curriculum designed and delivered by Washington University School of Law faculty.
The same selective admissions standards as the on-campus program.
Face-to-face, online classes designed to help you collaborate with faculty and build relationships with a global network of peers.
Carefully selected self-paced coursework that you complete when and where your schedule allows.
Highly personalized services, including a Student Support team to help you navigate all elements of the program, from matriculation to graduation.
An optional weekend learning experience on campus in St. Louis, MO.
The program offers fours start dates per year in January, April, July and October. Washington University School of Law seeks students whose academic abilities meet the rigorous demands of our top-ranked program. Admissions requirements and standards for the online Master of Legal Studies degree are identical to those of the on-campus program.
Applicants must submit all of the following:
Application fee ($70)
Statement of Purpose
Resume or CV
Official transcripts from all previous schools
MLS candidates are not required to take the LSAT, GMAT, or GRE exam.