Degree options

Every day Wayne State University Law School trains the next generation of lawyers, advocates and leaders. Our flexible J.D. program, LL.M. program and a Master of Studies in Law for non-lawyers set Wayne Law apart as a community of advocates for justice committed to serving the public. If you're looking to make an impact with your career, join us at Wayne Law.

From bringing together a thriving and diverse community to preparing students to face complex issues with thoughtful and creative solutions, we provide students the best legal education available.

Offerings include:

J.D. program

Wayne Law offers three program options for the first year of study to meet the various needs of a diverse student body. They include a full-time day program, a combined day and evening program, and a part-time evening program.

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Online Master of Studies in Law

Wayne State University Law School's online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree is specifically designed to help specialists in human resources expand their knowledge of legal principles and the U.S. legal system.

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LL.M. program

Lawyers who already have earned a J.D. degree from an accredited U.S. law school or an equivalent degree in another country and satisfy Wayne Law's LL.M. admissions criteria are eligible to undertake advanced legal studies for a master of laws (LL.M.) degree at Wayne Law. The Law School offers courses in three areas. They include corporate and finance law, labor and employment law, and taxation.

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Joint J.D./LL.M. program

The joint J.D./LL.M. degree program allows students to earn both a J.D. and LL.M. in only seven semesters, rather than the eight semesters that would usually be required for a full-time student to complete both a J.D. degree (in three years) and an LL.M. degree (in one year). Wayne Law offers LL.M. degrees as part of the joint program in corporate and finance law, labor and employment law, and taxation.

Dual degree options

In conjunction with other schools at the university, the Law School offers six dual degree programs allowing students to earn both a J.D. degree and a master's degree in one of the following disciplines: business administration, criminal justice, dispute resolution, economics, history or political science.

Minor in Law

Wayne State University undergraduate students can now earn a minor in law through Wayne Law. There are three different tracks by which students can complete the minor—one track is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, one by the Mike Ilitch School of Business, and one by the School of Social Work.