University of Illinois-Springfield Online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Program

The online Legal Studies Master’s program is 100% online with no on-campus visits required.
This program combines two online methods of delivery: synchronous courses which are taught in real-time, using computer conferencing software and asynchronous, taught at each student’s own convenience, using collaborative tools and discussion boards. Some professors choose to record their lectures and have students view them online, while other professors choose to do “live” lectures, where students can view the lecture synchronously (all at the same time) online or view a recorded version of the “live” lecture asynchronously (at different times) online.

The University of Illinois Springfield online Master of Legal Studies program is designed for students who work full-time and go to school part-time. The program requires 36 credit hours. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. The University’s online programs have won many prestigious, national awards.

Four different concentrations are offered:

  • Law and Public Policy
  • Human Rights/Social Justice and Public Policy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Regulatory Compliance

Additionally, each student discusses the focus of their degree with their faculty advisor and can choose another area of emphasis that best suits their education and professional needs. Students may also elect to pursue a graduate certificate in Public Sector Labor Relations which will be awarded alongside the master’s degree.

University of Illinois-Springfield is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

University of Illinois-Springfield Online MLS Program: Overview

Program Name: Master of Arts Degree in Legal Studies

Online Program Structure: No Campus Visits Required

Program Options:

  • Part-time and Full-time
  • Asynchronous

Concentrations:

  • Law and Public Policy
  • Human Rights/Social Justice and Public Policy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Regulatory Compliance

Each student discusses the focus of their degree with their faculty advisor and can choose another area of emphasis that best suits their education and professional needs. Dual concentration and general concentrations possible.

Contact Information:

Program Length: 36 credit hours of required core courses and electives and, if necessary, the 4 hour preliminary course.

Admission Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university (no particular major is required) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Disclaimers: Not authorized by the State of Maryland to offer online distance education programs to students residing in that state. Please contact the Program Coordinator to determine if the program is available for your state of residence.