FAQ

Please refer to this section for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Master in the Study of Law (MSL) program. Prospective students are welcome to contact us with any further questions or concerns.

What is an MSL degree and why is it beneficial?

The Master in the Study of Law (MSL) degree is a graduate program for those who want to learn more about the law in order to strengthen their professional skills. It is an ideal program for those working in areas where a deeper understanding of the law could help advance their career.

What are the required qualifications to apply for the MSL program?

To be considered for admission to the Master in the Study of Law program, applicants must have received at least an undergraduate degree by the time of matriculation into the MSL program.  They must also demonstrate their ability to succeed in the MSL program through substantial relevant work experience, successful academic performance, or standardized test scores.

Can an MSL student obtain a dual-degree by combining another OSU graduate degree?

Applicants may apply simultaneously to the MSL program and another graduate program at the University and, if approved, obtain a dual-degree Master’s.

Am I eligible to apply for the MSL program if I have only completed an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree?

Yes. While ideal applicants will have work experience and will know how the MSL degree will enhance their professional experience, the degree is also open to recent graduates who only have an undergraduate degree. For applicants that have no work experience, they must demonstrate their ability to succeed in the MSL program through successful academic performance or standardized test scores.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes! Interested international students are encouraged to apply. For more information, please see the “International Students” section on the MSL Admissions Requirements page.

What are the required documents I must submit to apply for the MSL program?

See below for more information about which application is appropriate for you.

  • Appropriate Graduate and Professional Admissions application (See “Graduate and Professional Admissions Application Process” section for more information about which application is appropriate for you)
  • Resume
  • Personal statement of 2 pages addressing how the applicant will benefit from the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official (non-OSU) university level transcripts sent directly from the university of attendance
  • Official standardized test scores (only if available). We accept GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, or other similar test scores. While applicants are not required to take a standardized test for admission to the MSL program, if you have taken one or decide to take one, we encourage you to submit it as part of your application package.
  • Further information on how to apply can be found on the MSL Admissions Requirements page

Do I need to take a standardized test for MSL admission?

While applicants are not required to take a standardized test for admission to the MSL program, if you have taken one or decide to take one, we encourage you to submit it as part of your application package. We accept GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, or other similar test scores.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for admissions, for both domestic and international students, is April 15 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.

Does Moritz College of Law accept transfer credits from other graduate degree programs or non-credit programs?

The College of Law may develop dual-degree masters programs with other college and units at Ohio State University. No more than 6 of the 30 credit hours required for the MSL program may be earned through coursework outside the College of Law.

Is earning an MSL degree an alternative to earning a JD for those that plan to take the bar exam or practice law?

No. The MSL degree is designed for individuals who do not plan to take a bar exam or practice law. It is a program for those who want to learn more about the law in order to strengthen their professional skills.

Can an MSL student apply to transfer to the JD program at Moritz?

Because of the different requirements of the JD and the MSL programs, including the different grading standards and requirements for academic standing applied to students in those programs, students cannot transfer from the MSL program to the JD program. Accordingly, a student enrolled in the MSL program who desires to enroll in the JD program would be required to apply to the JD program as an entering student and to meet all of the requirements for admission to the JD program. If a student formerly enrolled in the MSL program were admitted to the JD program, that student would receive no credit toward the total credit hours required for the JD degree, as set forth in Rule 5.04, for law courses completed while enrolled in the MSL program.

Can MSL students choose a specialization? If so, which areas of study are available?

Yes! MSL students can choose a specialization in alternative dispute resolution, corporate law, criminal law and procedure, employment and labor law, intellectual property and technology law, or international law and comparative law. Students who receive specializations will receive an official transcript designation on their transcripts.

How long does it take to complete the MSL degree?

To receive the MSL degree, a student must satisfactorily complete 30 semester hours at the Moritz College of Law. 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 MSL degree within four academic years.

How much are the tuition and fees for the MSL program?

Information on tuition and fees can be found on the MSL Program Costs page.

Are there fellowships or assistantships available for MSL students?

The OSU Moritz College of Law does not provide scholarships or financial support for MSL students in the form of assistantships or fellowships.

Whom should I contact for more information?

Assistant Dean Laura Fernández-Álvarez can be reached via email at fernandez-alvarez.1@osu.edu or via phone at (614) 688-5328.