Washington University in St. Louis online law programs

With a rich history of excellence and a strong reputation in the legal community, our law school provides an exceptional and collaborative online learning experience for students looking to expand their legal education without putting their career on hold or having to relocate.

Our online law school programs prepare you with key litigation experience and expertise to better position yourself in a multitude of competitive industries, from business and finance to health care, government and nonprofit work. Whether you are interested in becoming a practicing attorney or a more confident, informed professional, you will graduate with enhanced legal knowledge and applicable skills.

We offer two online law degrees: a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) and a Master of Laws (LL.M).

Our online MLS and MLS in Taxation programs are designed for non-lawyers who would like to build a foundation in law and gain specialized legal skills.

Learn more about the MLS degrees.

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

The online LL.M. in Taxation and LL.M. in U.S. Law programs are meant for attorneys who are seeking advanced legal expertise.

Learn more about the LL.M. degrees.

Gain legal expertise with a law degree online 

You can earn a law degree online with the same world-class faculty and unique post-graduate opportunities as our on-campus offering.

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Washington University of St. Louis online programs offer small class sizes with a low student-to-faculty ratio, personalized electives to fit your career goals, and collaborative tools so you can connect in real-time with small group breakout sessions, live chats and presentation features. You will be able to consult with our exceptional academics instructors outside of class during virtual office hours.

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Our digital campus connects you with @WashULaw’s diverse student body, both in St. Louis and online, and allows you to meet peers from all over the world. Our mobile app makes it easy to access everything in one place, from assignments, projects and a calendar with upcoming due dates, to conversations with your instructors and classmates.

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As an online student, you will attend live, weekly classes, complete self-paced course work and benefit from being able to access course material and assignments 24/7.

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In additional to participating in live classes and discussions, @WashULaw students are encouraged to attend optional weekend immersions in St. Louis, Mo. These in-person immersions are designed to enhance your classroom learning by providing real-world experiences that will help you consolidate your newfound knowledge.

Dedicated support 

Our Student Support team offers dedicated, responsive support from the moment you first inquire about our programs. Whether you have questions during the application process, or, once enrolled, have questions about the live classroom environment, our Admission Counselors and support teams are here to help every step of the way.

Included in our student support services, you will have access to Washington University resources and engaging seminars to help develop your legal expertise. Upon graduation, you will be welcomed into our extensive alumni association and benefit from professional networking with fellow grads from around the world.

Our Career Services team offers a Virtual Career Center to help advance your career and professional goals. This is a complimentary service offered to students and alumni to help define professional preferences, areas of expertise and personal motivations.

Upon enrollment, you’ll gain access to an online, self-paced foundation courses with modules, short video lectures and a job search tool to help you focus on everything from personal branding and interview preparation to professional networking and salary negotiation. Our advisors are there to provide you with one-on-one support. You can make an appointment via phone or video to ensure you are set up to succeed post-graduation.

Learn more about our student support and career services.


Scholarships and Tuition

@WashULaw has financial aid options to help with tuition costs. Tuition payments are broken down by term.

Tuition for the Master of Legal Studies, the Master of Legal Studies in Taxation, the Master of Laws in Taxation and the Master of Laws in U.S. Law programs for the 2022–23 academic year is US$2,687 per credit.

There are a few financial aid options for @WashULaw students. You can begin by downloading the @WashULaw Federal Student Aid Checklist. You can also take the following additional steps:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Washington University in St. Louis school code is 002520.
  • Apply for PLUS loans to gain additional funding through the Department of Education or alternative loans from various private lenders.
  • Contact your Admissions Counselor to see if there are any scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are currently available for qualified students.

Learn more about tuition and scholarship offerings.


Discover a local alumni network 

The Washington University in St. Louis alumni network is 130,000 strong and spans across the globe. As a law school with global reach, our alumni network represents our long history and diverse student population. When you graduate from the law school, you are welcomed into a community of driven, ethical leaders.

“From day one, I was armed with an academic and a professional skillset that is applicable across all fields of industry.”

— Richard Warriner, St. Louis, Mo., MLS

“Earning the LL.M. gained me skills as a writer, researcher, publisher and well-rounded scholar. The Supervised Research track was the best experience I had studying law.”

— Daniel Hebert, Brewerton, N.Y., LL.M. in Taxation

“I enjoyed the program tremendously. I have kept in touch with several classmates, and I have built a strong bond with the school … Everyone is very supportive. I have continued to stay in the ambassador program to tell others about the MLS program.”

— Tracy M. Yoder, Modesto, Calif., MLS

Alumni and student voices

Discover how a few of our students are using their degrees to advance their careers and reach their professional and personal goals.

“I want to make a difference in people’s lives. The master’s program allows me to explore other opportunities in the field of law that I would not have been able to without it.”

— Kimberly L. Knox

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

Collinsville, Ill.

“The online setting allows classes to be taught in a global classroom. I’ve had classes with people across the country and around the world, which brings a much broader perspective to the coursework.”

— Kristin Tucker

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

Chesterfield, Mo.

“I now have the legal knowledge to work with lawyers and general counsel. In fact, because of my studies in the law school, I have also been chosen to work as a law clerk in the city attorney’s office in Los Angeles in its litigation division — one of the largest in the country.”

— David Silver

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

Los Angeles, Calif.

Get Started Today

If you are ready to begin your online education journey with Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, request information below.

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