All MSL students, in the Concentration Track or the General Track, are required to take two online courses designed for MSL students to gain foundational understanding of the U.S. legal system as well as of how to conduct legal research, reading and analyzing legal materials, and communicating like lawyers:
- Intro to the US Legal System (3 credits)
- Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
Through the General Track, you can personalize your MSL degree and design your own curriculum that meets your career goals. In pursuing the General Track, you can be enrolled entirely online, in-person, or a mix of both. You can take any courses from the list of concentration courses and the list of optional courses available throughout the academic year. View the optional courses offered in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. Your academic advisor will work with you to select courses that meet your career goals.
Concentrations are not required for graduation in the MSL program. You can personalize your MSL education by pursuing the Concentration Track, and choosing a concentration that aligns with your career needs and goals.
Each concentration includes core concentration courses, elective concentration courses, and optional courses. You are required to take a minimum number of core and elective courses within each concentration. To earn the remaining credits needed to complete the 30-credit requirement, you are free to select any other courses of personal interests, available from among the concentration courses and the optional courses. View the optional courses offered in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. Your academic advisor will work with you to select courses that meet your career goals.
In pursuing the Concentration Track, you will be enrolled in a hybrid curriculum with a mix of online and in-person courses, except for the Compliance Concentration that has the fully online option.
Compliance is a broad and growing field that cuts across all areas of law and all industries. You’ll develop skills in analyzing risks and designing and managing compliance functions and learn about topics like legislation and financial crime.
A study of the statutory and common law governing the business environment, this concentration provides the opportunity to learn advanced legal areas like business associations, employment and labor law, corporate finance, taxation, and more.
Health care is one of the most regulated industries in the world, leading to a host of legal and bioethical questions. With the recent passage of comprehensive health care reform, it is also one of the fastest-growing areas of law. Health care practitioners need a strong foundation in business law, administrative law, and torts.
Due to recent scientific and technological advances, lawyering in the digital age has become increasingly important and complex. This concentration includes study in the principal forms of protection: copyright, trademark and patent law. You can also study issues related to the Internet and technology and protecting both copyright and ownership of material as well as privacy.
Increasingly, courts are moving beyond traditional trials and appeals to help clients find satisfactory resolutions to their agreements. Negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other processes are helping parties reach a satisfying outcome. This concentration is for those interested in litigation, transactional, and government practice as well as management and leadership.