AU MLS | Online

American University’s online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program empowers nonlawyer professionals to leverage their legal fluency in a variety of industries. Our rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum taught by AU’s experienced faculty blends legal, business, and international relations courses to provide a dynamic online learning experience.
  • No GRE or LSAT Required—AU believes standardized test scores may not fully reflect a student’s legal proficiency or ability to apply expert problem-solving skills in environments of rapidly evolving policies and regulations. That’s why we prioritize you over your test scores.
  • Guaranteed Scholarships—Qualified students who enroll in our upcoming cohort will receive a guaranteed scholarship evenly distributed throughout their time in the online program.
  • 12-Month MLS—As a full-time student, you will have the opportunity to complete your degree in as few as 12 months, which allows you to leverage specialized legal comprehension in your profession sooner.

Enhance Your Legal Comprehension


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An Online MLS Designed for You

The online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program from American University Washington College of Law equips nonlawyer professionals from various backgrounds to better understand fundamental legal concepts to make more informed decisions, enhance their credibility, and advance their careers. Our multidisciplinary curriculum features courses from the Kogod School of Business and School of International Service to promote legal, international relations, and business expertise—giving you the competitive edge in your career.

  • Collaborative immersion experiences
  • Network in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
  • Industry-specific specializations

American University’s online MLS program allows you to gain specialized knowledge and focus your degree by choosing a thoughtfully designed MLS track that meets your nonlawyer professional interests and career goals. You can choose from the following in-depth specializations: general MLS, business, health care compliance, technology, and cybersecurity. If you select the business, health care compliance, technology, or cybersecurity specialization track, you will earn a certificate in addition to your MLS degree.2

Emerge as a Driven Legal Expert

1American University (Washington) Law School Overview. (2021). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved November 2021 from to footnote reference
2 The Master of Legal Studies and the associated certificate offerings are not JD degree programs and will not qualify a graduate to become a lawyer, practice law, sit for the bar exam, or engage in activities for which a law license is required. Course work completed in either of these programs is not transferable to a JD program.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference