MSL Application

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 degree program that can be completed substantially in person with some online courses available. Many students will want to combine their knowledge or expertise in another field with a foundational understanding of law. The one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) degree is designed for those who want to increase their understanding of the law and legal analysis.

MSL Program Overview

Application Requirements

Admission will be granted to a limited number of students on a competitive application basis. No graduate school exam (LSAT, GRE, etc.) is required for admission, although a candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, regardless of its field. Additional application requirements include:

  • The MSL application
  • A current résumé/curriculum vitae
  • A statement describing their nterest in the program and how the degree could benefit their career
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS report (if applicable)*

*English Proficiency Requirements: All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless exempt.

The MSL degree is not a precursor to the JD.  The MSL program is designed for those who do not desire a professional law degree, but MSL candidates and graduates will remain eligible to apply for admission to the College of Law’s JD program.

Completed application materials are reviewed on a rolling basis. For fullest consideration, candidates should apply by April 1 for Fall.

For more information, contact:

Graduate and International Programs Office
(217) 333-6066