Description of MLS
General MLS, Specialized Certificates, and Self-Designed Concentrations
MLS students may choose to pursue a general MLS degree, to concentrate in a specific area through a specialized program, or pursue a self-designed program in their area of interest.
MLS Program Specializations include the following:
- Legal Compliance and Legal Risk Management
- Mining Law and Policy
- Environmental Law and Policy
- Tax Law and Policy
- Trade and Business Law
- Criminal Law and Policy
- Family Law
Self-Designed MLS Concentrations might emphasize coursework in any of the following specialty areas:
- Business Law
- Civil Litigation
- Commercial Law
- Constitutional Law
- Dispute Resolution
- Government and Administrative Law
- Health Law and Policy
- Intellectual Property
- International and Comparative Law
- International Law and Human Rights
- International Trade
- Real Estate Law
- Regulatory Law
- Sports and Entertainment Law
Broad Menu of Course Options
MLS students are able to choose classes from the full range of classes offered at Arizona Law. The General MLS and several MLS Specializations also provide for interdisciplinary study through other schools or departments at the University of Arizona. Please note that not all of the elective courses listed below are offered every year. Required courses are offered every year.
Degree and Curriculum Advising
On acceptance to the MLS Program, students are assigned an MLS degree advisor. The advisor will assist you in choosing an MLS concentration, if any, and in selecting your courses. You will be matched with a faculty member or administrator with expertise in your chosen area of concentration. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the expertise of your advisor so you make the most of the choices available to you in crafting your menu of courses.
Flexible Enrollment Options
Students may choose to pursue the MLS on a full-time or part-time basis. Whether you opt for the full-time or part-time program, you can begin your studies in the fall or spring.
Full-time students will complete their degree requirements in two consecutive semesters in one academic year. Full-time course work typically includes completing 15-17 units a semester.
The part-time MLS program accommodates working professionals who cannot complete their degree requirements in one academic year. Part-time MLS students must complete their degree requirements within four years of enrolling in the program.
In order to earn an MLS degree, students must complete a total of 30 units, including foundational courses in core substantive areas of the law encompassing contracts, torts, property, constitutional law, procedure, and legal research and writing.
For the remaining 16 units, students may choose from a wide range of electives, including related courses offered by other schools or departments at the University of Arizona. MLS students may start taking law electives once they have completed LAW 507 (Legal Analysis, Writing and Research) and either LAW 502A or 502B (American Common Law System I or II).