An MLS, also known as a Master of Science in Legal Studies, generally helps give students a foundation to understand how the law works. This course can usually be achieved in a relatively short amount of time.
The M.C.L. is a two-semester program that offers international students without a first degree in law but with legal experience or a strong interest to gain familiarity w
Master of Comparative Law (MCL)
The M.C.L. is a two-semester program that offers international students without a first degree in law but with legal experience or a strong interest to gain familiarity with American law and legal institutions. Degree requirements:
Complete at least 20 hours of course credit;
Complete one academic year in residence in the Law School;
Complete B504 Introduction to American Law for 2 credits and B530 Legal Discourse and Writing for 2 credits;
Carry no fewer than 8 hours of course credit per semester;
Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0; and
Complete the degree requirements in no more than three consecutive semesters.
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American University’s online Master of Legal Studies program prepares students to apply legal concepts to their everyday role. The program can be completed in 15 months.
The online Master of Legal Studies program from American University Washington College of Law is designed for non-lawyers who could benefit from fundamental legal training but do not want to become practicing attorneys. Through a curriculum that covers advanced legal concepts across various industries and an in-person immersion in Washington, D.C., students will be prepared to apply legal skills in their everyday role. The program can be completed in 15 months. No GRE/LSAT required to apply.
Earn a Master of Legal Studies Online From AU
Complete in as few as 15 months
No GRE/LSAT scores required to apply
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Four concentrations available: General MLS, Business, Health Care Compliance, and Technology
In-person immersion experience in Washington, D.C.
Bachelor's degree required