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Pre-Law School Study
If you're not sure you're ready for law school, Appalachian School of Law's Master's in Legal Studies is the answer. Our one year MLS program offers you the opportunity to see if you'd like the study of law, as well as the chance to hone your study skills and improve your academic credentials for future JD admissions. We facilitate LSAT prep and legal writing assistance to further improve your chances for a positive law school admissions decision. You can also add a concentration to your degree by receiving a Certificate in either Human Resources and Management Regulation (HRMR) or Natural Resources and Energy Regulation (NRER) by taking just two-three extra courses. Adding a Certificate should not increase the program beyond one calendar year.
Immediate Entry in Workforce
Legal assistants and specialized paralegals are the fastest growing positions in the legal industry. CNNMoney.com recently ranked legal assistants and paralegals as 14th in the Top 20 jobs for "people who want more pay, more upside and more control over where they're going." If you're interested in pursuing a position in this growing field, Appalachian School of Law's Master's in Legal Studies is the answer. ASL's faculty has over 300 years of practice experience; you'll learn the theory of law and be experienced in legal writing and research. A graduate of ASL's MLS will receive advanced legal training and should positively impact employment prospects.
If you are working in a field in which legal knowledge is important (i.e. human resources, management, contract marketing, compliance) but are unable to invest three years towards a JD degree, Appalachian School of Law's Master's in Legal Studies is the answer. You will have the opportunity to take classes that form the foundation for a JD degree as well as to explore electives of your choice. You will also be able to tailor the curriculum according to your professional and academic desires. ASL will provide you with the skills necessary to specialize your legal training in order to advance in your current field or slip into another allied field.
ASL's MLS is the Answer
As a student in Appalachian School of Law's Master's in Legal Studies program, you will receive a unique education that blends traditional legal coursework with hands-on training and skills-based classes. Since its inception, Appalachian School of Law has distinguished itself by providing students with practical legal experience before graduation. Appalachian School of Law's students & alumni succeed with our practical education; caring, expert faculty; and community of support.
Appalachian School of Law maintains a rolling admissions deadline, meaning we will accept, review, and decide on application files until every seat is full.
Private student loans are available to help defray the cost of attending Appalachian School of Law. For more admissions and financial aid information, call 800-895-7411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Program-specific questions can also be directed to MLS Program Director - Associate Law Professor Stephen P. Parsons.