University of Arizona College of Law launches Master of Legal Studies Program in Chandler

Dec. 10, 2020
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The City of Chandler Economic Development Division and the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law announce the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program offering flexible online coursework and the option to meet in-person weekly in Chandler.

Chandler’s business-friendly environment and world-class labor force have made it an attractive location for companies of all sizes and industries. The Master of Legal Studies program equips the Chandler workforce to address the growing need for professionals with legal training in business, government and nonprofit settings, creating a stronger workforce for Arizona.

“The University of Arizona’s commitment to delivering quality higher education options in Chandler has played a key role in building our talented workforce,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke.  “I look forward to supporting the University of Arizona’s continued expansion as our community continues to attract world-class companies in need of a diverse labor force.”

“The University of Arizona College of Law Master of Legal Studies degree delivered at UA Chandler is a natural expansion of one of the college’s fastest-growing and most vibrant and adaptable degree programs,” said Marc Miller, dean and Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law. “We are excited to bring to Chandler our exceptional faculty and wide range of courses, as well as opportunities for professional development and connection to the large law school and huge University of Arizona Phoenix area alumni base.”

The Master of Legal Studies is a 30-unit, flexible graduate program that builds legal and critical-thinking skills, along with specialized expertise in areas including regulation, compliance, negotiations, human resources, law enforcement, and working with corporations, public agencies, tribal governments and more.

Miller noted a growing demand for professionals with legal training. “The degree provides students with legal foundations which can support their current work in a wide range of industry and public settings. For others it will be a lever to advance their career paths.”

The Master of Legal Studies at UA Chandler is well-suited for working professionals. On average, students complete the program in 21 months, and course schedules can be customized—with spring, summer, and fall semester starts and offerings. Beginning in spring 2021, the MLS program will offer the option of in-person class meetings on Thursday evenings at 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, safety permitting and consistent with University of Arizona reentry directives.

For more information, visit UA Graduate Programs.

About the City of Chandler:

Chandler, Ariz. has built a reputation as a Community of Innovation. Life in Chandler goes beyond a thriving and dynamic business community with progressive entrepreneurship. Known for its rich diversity, the City offers an outstanding quality of life for all generations with great schools and recreational opportunities. Chandler has grown to become the state's fourth largest City with a population of more than 266,000. Chandler has been named one of the nation's Best Places to Find a Job and Best Cities for Women in Tech. The City also is one of the safest communities in the nation and boasts AAA bond ratings from all three national rating agencies, one of only 40 communities to achieve this distinction. For more information, visit the City website, or connect with the City on social media.

About the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law:

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is the first law school in the nation where you can earn a degree at any stage of your education, from undergraduate through doctoral. Ranked #11 in the nation for practical training, University of Arizona Law provides you with every possible resource to transform your passions and skills into a fulfilling career. We have a 100-year history of graduating successful lawyers and leaders. Because of our influential and accessible faculty, supportive student community, and home at one of the nation's top research universities, we are uniquely poised to prepare you for success. For more information, visit UA College of Law.


Media contacts:        
Stephanie Romero
City of Chandler, Public Information Officer

Leah Won
The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Assistant Dean Phoenix Initiatives