Master in Legal Studies Online

Master’s in Legal Studies Online

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At a Glance

A thorough understanding of the law is not limited to practicing
attorneys. The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) from American
University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) is designed for
professionals, like you, who have law-related responsibilities and
understand the law’s important influence on both your daily job
functions and your community at large. The MLS program will allow
you to gain fundamental legal training and the industry-specific
knowledge you need to help your organization solve problems and
comply with rapidly changing policies and regulations.

The program offers the following specialization tracks: General MLS,
Business, Healthcare, Technology, Cybersecurity and U.S Legislation. Each
specialization track features fundamental legal training and industry-
specific knowledge that will improve your ability to make informed
decisions that affect your organization and legitimize your credibility
with clients, co-workers, and partners.

A thorough understanding of the law is not limited to practicing attorneys. The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) from American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) is designed for professionals, like you, who have law-related responsibilities and understand the law’s important influence on both your daily job functions and your community at large. The MLS program will allow you to gain fundamental legal training and the industry-specific knowledge you need to help your organization solve problems and comply with rapidly changing policies and regulations.

The program offers the following specialization tracks: General MLS, Business, Health Care Compliance, Technology, and Cybersecurity. Each specialization track features fundamental legal training and industry-specific knowledge that will improve your ability to make informed decisions that affect your organization and legitimize your credibility with clients, co-workers, and partners.

Why Should You Earn a Master’s in Legal Studies?

No matter how you deal with the law—whether it’s handling contracts, drafting new policies, or ensuring compliance with legal regulations in your field—earning your master’s in legal studies equips you with the legal framework needed to understand legal issues and face new challenges in your role. With an MLS, you will be able to broaden your leadership potential and open the door to new opportunities and career advancement.

Through the online MLS at American University Washington College of Law, you will learn the foundations of the U.S. legal system, allowing you to better perform your job and make a difference in your community. Many careers across a variety of industries can benefit from the knowledge gained in the MLS program:

Business Executive

Government Employee

Software Engineer

Compliance Officer

Health Care Compliance Manager

Social Worker

Program Objectives

Upon graduation, MLS students will be able to:

American University Washington College of Law seeks motivated candidates who are passionate about using the law to positively affect their organizations and communities.

Candidates for admission to the online Master of Legal Studies program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. To apply to the program, you must submit the following:

Curriculum

The Master of Legal Studies online program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that features courses from American University’s Washington College of Law, the Kogod School of Business, and the #8-ranked School of International Service.11 With this unique partnership, you will not only graduate an expert in legal studies—you will also be able to translate your expertise into real-world business.

The 30-credit MLS degree program can be completed on a part-time or full-time schedule, and includes foundational courses, elective courses, industry-specific specialization tracks, and one immersion experience.

Course Specializations and Certificates

At the end of your second term, you will choose one of the industry-specific specializations that best aligns with your goals: General MLS, Business, Healthcare, Technology, Cybersecurity or U.S Legislation. If you select the Business, Healthcare, Technology, Cybersecurity, or U.S. Legislation track, you will earn a certificate in addition to your MLS degree.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of legal concepts, legal procedures, and the overall U.S. legal system.

Explore the General MLS specialization curriculum

Develop specialized knowledge about health care compliance law and regulations and learn to implement effective health care programs.

Explore the Health Care Compliance specialization curriculum

Learn to comply with Internet and cybersecurity law and data regulations and protect against data exposure.

Explore the Cybersecurity specialization curriculum

Learn to make more effective business decisions and ensure compliance with business laws and regulations.

Explore the Business specialization curriculum

Cultivate fundamental skills needed to stay up to date with the rapid growth of information technology and ensure compliance with technology law.

Explore the Technology specialization curriculum

Gain an In-Depth Understanding of Legislative Processes and Procedures.

Explore the U.S. Legislation specialization curriculum

As an online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) student, you will learn from the same dedicated faculty who teach on campus. Our faculty members are experienced legal practitioners who have spent their careers examining how the law intersects with different industries and how it can be used to make a positive impact on society.

Enhancing Your Career Path

The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program at American University Washington College of Law equips non-lawyers with the legal framework needed to pursue rewarding and challenging law-related careers in a variety of industries.

 

Explore how an MLS degree can give you a competitive edge in the following fields:

Today’s businesses need legal support to keep up with ever-changing laws and regulations that affect the way they do business.

Learn more about law-related careers in business

With an MLS, you will become familiar with the laws that regulate the political process and gain the skills needed to effectively negotiate and mediate between parties.

Learn more about law-related careers in government

An MLS can provide you with the knowledge you need to operate within the law, and better prepare you to write reports and investigate cases.

Learn more about law-related careers in law enforcement

Social workers protect children and support families in need of assistance. Attaining a deeper knowledge of the legal system can help you better advocate for your clients’ rights.

Learn more about law-related careers in social work

As a student in the MLS program, you can select the health care specialization to develop the specialized knowledge you need to remain compliant while improving patient care.

Learn more about law-related careers in health care

An MLS degree allows you to understand the basic laws, regulations, and policies that constitute human resources and benefits management.


Learn more about law-related careers in human resources

An MLS provides a thorough understanding of the law, making it an optimal degree if you are interested in a law-related career path but don’t want to become a lawyer.


Learn more about law-related careers in the legal field 

Our MLS program offers a specialization in technology that can help you gain the fundamental skills to stay up to date with this ever-evolving field and its legal implications.

Learn more about law-related careers in technology

Helping Students Advance Their Careers with Legal Expertise

The American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) Career Services team helps students leverage their new and growing legal expertise. Our dedicated career mentors guide students as they plan to change jobs, advance in their organizations, or weigh new career opportunities.

Career Planning Support

Our Career Services team is committed to providing the support students need to grow as legal experts and successful professionals. Through one-on-one guidance and resource-sharing, they help students:

The online MLS experience brings the AU campus to you, no matter where you are. While benefiting from the flexibility of online learning, you will gain access to some of the leading voices in the legal sphere and resources unique to AU’s location in the nation’s legal hub, Washington, D.C.

AU has offered fully online programs for over 10 years, and the MLS is designed based on research of what makes online learning successful. Through our combination of a hands-on, experiential approach and advanced technology, you will graduate with the experience, connections, and in-depth knowledge needed to succeed in your legal role.

Immersion

A great benefit of the online MLS program is the opportunity to expand on what you learn in the classroom at an in-person immersion on our Washington, D.C., campus. During the immersion, classmates and instructors come together for three days to network, hear from experts in the field, and collaborate on group assignments.

 

Students are responsible for travel to and from immersions, which includes but is not limited to transportation and hotel lodging. Program fees will be assessed for direct program expenses, and all immersion experiences carry 1.5 credit hours and the related tuition.

Class Profile

American University Washington College of Law values its history of diversity and inclusion and continues to uphold its commitment to increasing accessibility to a quality legal education.

Military Education Benefits

American University’s Washington College of Law is dedicated to
supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

Military-connected students are able to apply their VA education
benefits when they enroll, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Tuition Assistance (TA), and the Yellow
Ribbon Program for those who qualify.

As an online student, you can earn your degree no matter where you live or are stationed—and translate your military

American University’s Washington College of Law is dedicated to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

 

Military-connected students are able to apply their VA education benefits when they enroll, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Tuition Assistance (TA), and the Yellow Ribbon Program for those who qualify.

 

As an online student, you can earn your degree no matter where you live or are stationed—and translate your military

experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities
across a variety of industries and organizations.

 

Applicants who have served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years are eligible to waive their application fee.

 

Learn more about how to apply for military benefits.

experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities across a variety of industries and organizations.

 

Applicants who have served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years are eligible to waive their application fee.

 

Learn more about how to apply for military benefits.

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