Earn Your Master
of Legal Studies Online

Complete Your Degree in as Few as 15 Months

Gain Credibility With
Advanced Legal Knowledge


The law affects almost all fields, and many professionals can increase their value by developing advanced legal expertise. The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program from American University Washington College of Law equips professionals from a variety of backgrounds with a better understanding of the law so that they can make more informed decisions, enhance their credibility, and advance in their career.

Delivered online, the MLS program allows you to continue working while you earn your degree and can be completed in as few as 15 months. No GRE or LSAT scores are required to apply.

A Versatile Law Degree—Online


Whether you handle contracts on a daily basis, are responsible for drafting new policies, or want to ensure compliance with legal regulations in your field, with an MLS, you will develop a legal framework and mindset to effectively solve legal questions and challenges in your role. Professions that benefit from an MLS can include paralegals, business executives, health care compliance managers, social workers, and software engineers.

Our MLS program allows you to gain specialized knowledge and focus your degree by choosing an MLS track that meets your interests and career goals. You can choose from the following concentrations:

General MLS
Gain the specialized legal knowledge needed to better support your organization and stand out from your peers.

Business
Understand the legal terminology and regulations behind contracts and transactions.

Health Care Compliance
Navigate the laws and regulations in the health care field and understand how the law impacts care.

Technology
Stay up to date on the regulations that are impacting the rapidly changing tech field.

Our immersive, online MLS program features:

Live online classes designed by our experienced, on-campus faculty.

A unique collaboration with the Kogod School of Business to build students’ legal and business expertise.

A community dedicated to the values of equality, diversity, and inclusivity.

Close connections to resources in Washington, D.C.—the nation’s legal epicenter.