Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.)

Does law cross over into your area of expertise? Would knowing about certain legal practices, laws and regulations help advance your career?

The Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) degree offered by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is designed as a flexible program for those who want to  learn more about the law in order to strengthen their professional skills.  This program will provide you with a foundation in U.S. law, and the flexibility to design your course schedule in a way that best suits your career needs. You will attend classes alongside J.D. and LL.M.  students at one of the country’s top 15 public law schools. The degree is designed for individuals who do not plan to take a bar exam or practice law.

Academic requirements

To receive the M.S.L. degree, a student must earn passing grades in not fewer than 30 semester credit hours of law school courses.  A full-time student  typically will be able to complete the program in one academic year.  Part-time students generally will be expected to complete the requirements for the M.S.L. degree within four academic years.

Required Courses for M.S.L. students:

  • Legal Analysis and Writing (LAW) I or Legal Analysis, Research and Writing for International Students;

Plus two of the following courses:

For the remaining credits, students can design their own curriculum, or complete a specialization in  one of the following areas. Click on the subject areas below to view courses on the Moritz Course Explorer:

Students who receive specializations will receive an official transcript designation on their transcripts. Students must receive approval from the Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Programs for their chosen courses.

Text adapted from the Moritz Faculty Rules, section 3.08.

Taking Additional Courses for Bar Exam Eligibility as a Non-Degree Graduate Student

If you need to take courses in order to fulfill the Ohio Supreme Court requirements for Bar Exam eligibility, or you are simply interested in taking classes at Moritz College of Law outside of a specific program, please apply as a “Non-Degree Graduate Student.” This is possible for students with no visa constraints, or those participating in Optional Practical Training. Please see Graduate and Professional Admissions for more information, including deadlines, and apply at Please contact if you have questions or need assistance with the online application.