Master of Legal Studies Curriculum

Designed by the Washington University School of Law’s distinguished faculty, the online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) curriculum equips non-lawyers with a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. legal system. Classes are taught using the Socratic method, so students are encouraged to engage in dialogue and think critically about the topics presented.

Program Requirements

The MLS program is a 24-credit program and can be completed in as little as one year. All MLS students will complete the required introductory course and then select from a variety of elective courses to customize their learning experience based on their professional and academic goals.

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Required Courses

Introduction to U.S. Law & Methods I: The U.S. Legal System (3 credits)

This foundational course explores how law is created, enacted and changed in the United States. The objective is to learn to solve legal challenges and understand legal concepts with U.S. legal sources, methods and institutions.

Find out more about the required introductory course.

Elective Courses (21 credits)

Elective courses allow students to focus their studies on areas that directly relate to their industry and career goals. Electives are available in areas such as employment law, intellectual property, corporate compliance and health law.

Explore the elective course catalog.