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, LAW-8525 (3 credits)
- Legal Research and Writing, LAW-8550 (3 credits)
General Track (100% online or Hybrid)
Through the General Track, you can personalize your MSL degree and design your own curriculum that meets your career goals. With the General Track, you can enroll fully online, fully in-person (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 in-person courses), or hybrid (a mix of online and in-person courses). Your academic advisor will work with you to select courses that meet your career goals.
Concentration Track (Online or Hybrid)
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.
To graduate with a concentration, you are required to take at least 15 credits of core and elective courses within each concentration. To complete the remaining credits needed to complete the 30-credit requirement, you are free to select any other courses of personal interests, either online or in-person. Note that if you wish to pursue a concentration through a fully online curriculum, as of now, only the Compliance concentration is fully online. For other concentrations, you will need to plan a hybrid curriculum with a mix of online and in-person courses.
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.