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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 -

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree at the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program offers candidates an intellectually challenging opportunity for academic specialization. Candidates for the SJD conduct research and produce original scholarship under the guidance of IPLP's internationally renowned faculty. SJD Students must complete a full-time, two semester year in residency to complete a minimum of 24 credits.

The SJD program trains students to be specialists through rigorous research and advocacy work. Graduate students receive professional training to address the complex issues facing indigenous peoples today, allowing them to develop a proficiency in fields like federal Indian law, indigenous peoples' human rights advocacy, environmental law, indigenous community and economic development, and the protection of cultural and natural resources. ‚ÄčThe superior learning experience provided by IPLP is reflected by the fact that we are the only program in the world with two of our SJD graduates currently serving on the two UN Bodies with the specific mandate to promote indigenous peoples' human rights within the UN system.

College of Law  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Keith A Swisher
Graduate Program Coordinator
Keith A Swisher
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Tuition and Fees
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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 GradApp application, including application fee - $75.00

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: July 15 (August 10 for Online Mining applicants only)
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 15

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 14 Jul 2016