Here are answers to common questions about our online Master of Legal Studies program. If you’d like to have a more in-depth discussion about our program, please contact an admissions advisor at (312) 676-6453 or toll-free at (800) 542-8539.
About the Program
Yes, this program is part-time and designed for working professionals.
This program takes approximately two and a half years to complete. With the professional experience waiver, it can be completed in two years. The maximum amount of time allowed to complete the program is six years.
Yes, however for students who want to mix and match their electives, we offer a general legal studies concentration.
Students must choose their concentration before entering the program and will have the opportunity to change it after completing their foundational coursework.
There is a wide range of career opportunities with an MLS degree, such as:
Learn more about how you can utilize an MLS to advance your career in your current role, while opening new job opportunities on our careers page.
Students complete two courses at a time on a part-time schedule. Required core courses will be taken first, but there is no particular order that the concentration courses must be taken in.
You will need 30 credits in order to earn your degree. However, with the professional experience waiver, you can waive up to 6 credits and graduate with 24 credits. Visit the curriculum page for more information.
Given that you will enroll in 6 credit hours of classes each semester, you should expect to dedicate about 12 hours per week to coursework, but not more than that.
There is one start date per year in the fall.
In order to be admitted, students must have a bachelor’s degree in any field. Our application requirements can be found on our admissions page.
Students eligible for the professional experience waiver must provide proof of work experience in a relevant field. To learn more about your eligibility, reach out to an admissions advisor by calling (800) 542-8539.
Official transcripts should be sent with the full application for the program, at email@example.com. Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:
Office of Law Admissions
DePaul University College of Law
25 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-2287
There are no GMAT, GRE or legal test scores required for admission.
Learn more about our application requirements on our admissions page.
Due to the unique nature of the MLS program, course credits earned in other graduate programs are not transferable to the DePaul MLS program.
After submitting your complete application, you can expect a decision by email within 5 to 10 business days.
You can start your application here. If you have questions or are interested in a walkthrough of the process, visit our admissions page or contact one of our admissions advisors toll-free at (800) 542-8539.
Tuition for this program is $36,300 or $29,040 with the professional experience waiver.
For a detailed look at the tuition breakdown, visit our tuition and financial aid page.
There are financial aid opportunities available to online MLS students. Visit the DePaul financial aid page to learn more.
DePaul’s FAFSA code is 001671.
DePaul is indeed a Yellow Ribbon Program school, and eligible Yellow Ribbon Program participants are able to apply their benefits to the MLS program.
For assistance in determining your eligibility, contact DePaul’s Veterans Affairs Coordinator Megan Burda at (312) 362-8092.