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Ranked a top-20 law school by U.S. News & World Report in 20211, Washington University School of Law delivers online programs that equip professionals with the legal knowledge to launch or advance their careers in a variety of sectors. We offer four online master’s degree options:

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

For professionals who don’t plan to become practicing attorneys but who want to leverage legal training to advance their career.

Master of Legal Studies (MLS) in Taxation

For professionals who don’t hold a J.D. but want to pursue a specialized understanding of tax law across a wide range of industries.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. Law

For international lawyers who seek a fundamental understanding of the U.S. legal system to better conduct business across borders or compete for top jobs in the United States.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation

For lawyers and law school graduates who wish to earn a degree in tax law and apply their expertise to organizations in all major areas of tax, such as estate planning, employee benefits and corporate taxation.

Online Learning Experience

Our online programs feature live classes hosted using the interactive Zoom HD platform with course work designed and led by our distinguished School of Law faculty. With each program able to be completed in as little as one year, students can directly apply the lessons they learn in class and make an immediate impact in their role.

Customizable Curriculum: Students in our MLS program can choose from five concentrations that allow them to specialize in a particular area of law that aligns with their career goals. These concentrations — business law, conflict resolution, employment law, litigation and regulatory compliance — can help students increase their credibility and marketability in their field.

Learn From Expert Faculty: Our faculty consists of nationally and internationally recognized experts with experience that ranges from international law to constitutional and corporate law. In addition, ourMaster ofLegal Studies in Taxation, Master of Laws in U.S. Law and Master of Laws in Taxation programs are taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach on campus.

Receive Dedicated Career Support: A variety of career services are offered to help students meet their career goals after graduation. Services include one-on-one career advising, access to the Virtual Career Center and networking opportunities through the Washington University School of Law alumni network.

The Value of a Washington University Law Degree

A fundamental understanding of the U.S. legal system creates opportunities for growth in positions across a wide range of industries. Top-ranked Washington University School of Law1 ensures that graduates achieve that growth through an alumni network of more than 130,000 professionals and more than 50 alumni chapters worldwide.

Current and past employers of our students and graduates include:

  • Google
  • HSBC Bank
  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • U.S. Army
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Shell International
  • Creason, Moore, Dokken & Geidl
  • Beijing Wan Hui Da law firm
  • Nakanoshima Chuo Law Office
  • Catalano Advogados Associados

“I know I have the legal knowledge to work with lawyers and general counsel. In fact, because of my studies in the law school, I have also been chosen to work as a law clerk in the City Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles in its litigation division, one of the largest in the country.”

—David Silver, Master of Legal Studies (MLS), Law Clerk, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office

How Will Your Career Benefit From Legal Expertise?

Whether you’re looking to pivot to a new industry or simply want to add legal expertise to enhance your current role, our online programs will prepare you to succeed. Learn more today.

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