The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program is intended for non-lawyers who understand that today many workplace decisions are also legal decisions. It is a non-professional, terminal degree program designed for those who do not plan to practice law or take a bar exam, but want to increase their understanding of the law and legal analysis.
MSL students attend innovative and multi-disciplinary classes with full-time JD and LLM students. With an internationally renowned faculty, a rich and diverse curriculum, and the resources of a world-class, comprehensive research university, the College of Law features a first-rate academic program designed to prepare students to excel in their careers.
Students can enroll full-time and complete the MSL degree in one year, or enroll part-time and complete the MSL degree in two years. [[Who Should Apply?]] Successful candidates come from business administration, engineering, media and journalism, human resources, social work, finance, risk management, government, hospital administration, technology, education, and humanitarian-related fields. Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than law. [[Program Overview]] MSL students take courses from the same curriculum offerings available to JD and LLM students. To obtain the MSL degree, students complete 12 credit hours of introductory courses, 20 credit hours of electives tailored to the student’s career goals, and a faculty-supervised research paper.
Elective credit hours can be chosen from any of the more than 130 upper-level courses offered by the College of Law in both Champaign-Urbana and Chicago. [[MSL Program Overview]] MSL students will take coursework from the same curriculum offerings available to JD and LLM students. To obtain the MSL degree, students must successfully complete 32 hours of credit in College of Law courses (including all required courses described below), complete a faculty-supervised research paper, and attain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
The required courses for the MSL consist of the following:
Legal Research Legal Writing Any two of the following courses: Contracts Property Torts Criminal Law Constitutional Law I Civil Procedure
The remaining coursework can be in any upper-level law course offered by the College of Law, pursuant to a plan of study formulated in consultation with the College’s academic advisors. The College of Law offers more than 130 upper-level elective courses, taught in both Champaign-Urbana and Chicago.
To apply for the MSL program, a candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than law.