Professionals who work in government need to know the law to effectively support our U.S. legal system. 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.

Government positions that you might consider pursuing with a Master of Legal Studies degree include:

Government Contractor

Government contractors manage a variety of U.S. federal contracts that need to be in accordance with procedures and laws. Through the MLS program, you will gain a working knowledge of government contract law and policy applicable to sealed bids, negotiated procurements, simplified acquisitions, overseas contracts, and the forums for challenging federal procurements. You will also learn the practical legal skills needed for the development and implementation of successful compliance programs.

Legislative Assistant

Legislative assistants conduct policy research, amend legislation, and advise policymakers about the effects of proposed legislation on constituents. An MLS can benefit professionals in this position by providing the foundation for more professional legal correspondence and improved negotiations and mediation between parties.


Lobbyists attend congressional hearings and influence policymakers to support or reject legislation that impacts businesses, organizations, and communities. With an MLS, lobbyists will be able to understand various forms of negotiation strategies and gain the communication skills needed to inform the law.

Congressional Staffer

The job of a congressional staffer is to assist a member of congress during their term in office. Through the MLS program, aspiring staffers will gain a solid understanding of the U.S. legal system, preparing them to better aid with policy-specific work and address constituent concerns about legislation.

MLS courses relevant to government jobs

Prepare for the Next Phase of Your Career

Learn more about how an MLS can give you a competitive edge in your career in government. Explore the online Master of Legal Studies program at American University Washington College of Law today.