Accelerated Master’s Program – BA/MLS Program
Qualified BA in Law students with a minimum 3.3 GPA have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated track to a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) from Arizona Law. After taking 12 units of foundational law courses at the graduate level during their senior year, students accepted into the accelerated program take an additional 18 units in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, and upper-level electives with J.D. students. For more information, visit sgpp.arizona.edu/bachelor-arts-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. The 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.
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 ($85.00 after November 1, 2015)
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.
Financing Your Degree:
External Funding: External funding options are available through Scholarship Universe, a scholarship database for all students. To register, please visit: https://scholarshipuniverse.arizona.edu/suha
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: http://www.registrar.arizona.edu/vets
University Employee Benefits: Eligible individuals may use their Qualified Tuition Reduction benefits toward the MLS program.
Applicants may submit their application at any time as this program offers rolling admissions.
Note: admission for the summer term is limited and may not be available for all specializations. Please contact us to inquire.
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.
The Master of Legal Studies does not offer or require a minor but students may pursue a specialization.