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Legal Studies (MSL) 
Program Description

Arizona Law's Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is a one-year degree program pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. The MLS is designed to enhance the effectiveness of a broad spectrum of professionals whose work involves regulations, negotiations, or working with lawyers or legal issues. If you find yourself needing a better foundation for working with and understanding laws and regulations, or wish to improve your career prospects by obtaining legal and critical thinking skills, the MLS may be just the right fit.

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Law -

Your legal education will teach you to “think like a lawyer,” honing your analytical skills, developing better critical thinking, and acquiring the professional skills you need no matter where your education takes you.

University of Arizona Law offers a mix of qualities no other school can match: a small, top-ranked program in the heart of a nationally acclaimed university, exceptional employment outcomes, the most global JD program in the country, and the chance to spend your law school years in Tucson, a cool, eclectic city with a diverse population of nearly one million people named the #4 best city for millennials by Money magazine.

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College of Law  
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Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Mark L Blair
Graduate Program Coordinator
Mark L Blair
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

To complete your application, you will need:

1.  Personal statement of 3-4 pages summarizing your qualifications for and interest in the program, along with career objective
2.  Academic transcripts
3.  Two letters of recommendation
4.  Your resume or curriculum vitae
5.  TOEFL or IETLS for applicants who do not hold a degree from an English-speaking country
6.  Complete Law College application, including application fee - $$50.00 (

Standardized Tests

Standardized test scores are not required for admission.  However, if you have taken the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or MCAT you may have your scores submitted if you wish.

Financial Aid

In attempt to keep program costs down, all MLS students pay the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

Financing Your Degree:

External Funding: External funding options are available through Scholarship Universe, a scholarship database for all students.  To register, please visit:

Military Benefits: The MLS program has been approved by the VA, and students can use their GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of courses. For general military benefits questions, please visit:

University Employee Benefits:  Eligible individuals may use their Qualified Tuition Reduction benefits toward the MLS program.


Admissions Deadlines

Applicants may submit their application at any time as this program offers rolling admissions.

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 20

International Applicants:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 22
  • Summer: March 20

Note: admission for the summer term is limited and may not be available for all specializations. Please contact us to inquire.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

In order to earn an MLS degree, students must complete a total of 30 units, including foundational courses in core substantive areas of the law encompassing contracts, torts, property, constitutional law, procedure, and legal research and writing. For the remaining units, students may choose from a wide range of electives, including related courses offered by other schools or departments at the University of Arizona.

Minor Requirements

The Master of Legal Studies does not offer or require a minor.

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Last revised 07 Jun 2019