Master of Legal Studies

Washington University in St. Louis

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12 months
53016 USD/year
53016 USD/year
53016 USD/year
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The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is an online degree for professionals who can benefit from legal training but do not wish to practice as an attorney. Designed for non-lawyers, the MLS improves students’ understanding of U.S. law and explores the relation between law and various disciplines.

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MLS students are typically inquisitive and ambitious people, who see value in participating in conversations about the law and are looking to learn as much as they can about legal procedure in the United States — not only to further their career, but also to gain valuable knowledge that can be used across a range of settings.

A comprehensive understanding of the legal system creates opportunities for growth in a variety of careers. Every profession works with legal procedure in some capacity — from risk management to government regulation — so it is important for professionals who work closely with the law to fully understand the U.S. legal system in order to become a leading legal expert in their chosen career field.

Candidates for an MLS include, but are not limited to:

  • Paralegals
  • Patent agents
  • Business executives
  • Health care professionals
  • Teachers and professors
  • Engineers
  • Government employees
  • Human resource professionals

Offered entirely online, @WashULaw’s MLS allows students to earn their degree from anywhere in the world without putting their careers or personal commitments on hold. With the same rigorous curriculum as the Washington University School of Law’s on-campus program , the online MLS focuses on the application of U.S. law across a broad spectrum of today’s business topics.

With a curriculum similar to a student’s first year in law school, the MLS teaches students about the appropriate legal procedure with regard to contracts, legal writing, professional responsibility, intellectual property, business associations, negotiation, international business transactions, property and more. @WashULaw professors use the Socratic method to facilitate in-depth understanding of U.S. legal procedure. Students learn to think, debate and question like an attorney.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of U.S. Law
  • Introduction To U.S. Law & Methods
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Business Associations
  • Intellectual Property

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


  • Semi-structured
  • No Attendance
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Application Requirements

A completed application must include the following:

  • Online application
  • Application fee or waiver
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    53016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53016 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    53016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53016 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    53016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53016 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


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Master of Legal Studies
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