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MSL Legal Studies – Accelerated Master’s Program

Qualified BA in Law students with a minimum 3.3 GPA have the opportunity to pursue an Legal Studies – Accelerated Master’s Program degree offered by the University of Arizona.

Quick Facts

 
Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August, January, May
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

After taking 12 units of foundational law courses at the graduate level during their senior year, students accepted into the accelerated program take an additional 18 units in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, and upper-level electives with J.D. students.

Qualified law majors have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated track to a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) through the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. The Legal Studies – Accelerated Master’s Program degree offered by the University of Arizona is a one-year master’s degree for non-lawyers.

After taking 12 units of foundational law courses at the graduate level (which count towards both the B.A. in Law and the MLS), students accepted into the accelerated program take an additional 18 units in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, and upper-level electives with Juris Doctor students.

MLS students may choose to focus on a certain discipline through a specialized program (such as family law, criminal law, or environmental law), or pursue self-designed curriculum in their area of interest (such as immigration, business law, employment law, or patent law).

Upon graduation, MLS students will be well-equipped to pursue law-related careers that do not require a Juris Doctor such as:

  • Compliance officers
  • Human resources professionals
  • Immigration officers
  • Court personnel
  • Victim advocates
  • Patent agents

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016

Study Content

  • Complete all General Education, minor, and double-major requirements
  • Complete SGPP Core Curriculum (12 units)
  • Complete 15 units of undergraduate law electives (POL, LAW, or other approved courses)
  • Complete LAW Core Curriculum at the 500-level (12 units double-count toward the B.A. in Law and MLS) – can be taken after completing 90 units:
  • Procedure
  • American Common Law I
  • American Common Law II
  • American Public Law
  • Remaining units required for completion of MLS: 18 graduate units of College of Law courses (for a total of 30 units to complete the MLS).

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