II. Degree requirements

  1. Requirements for M.S.L. degree. To qualify for the M.S.L. degree, a student must meet the following requirements, which are further explained below:
    1. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, or a comparable degree from an officially recognized institution outside the United States.
    2. Successfully complete the four core courses, totaling twelve credits. See II.C. & II.E.
    3. Successfully complete eighteen credits of required and/or elective courses pertaining to the student's concentration, including a capstone course. See II.D. & II.E.
    4. Achieve a cumulative grade point average ("GPA") in M.S.L. courses of at least 3.0. See II.F.
  2. Concentrations. An M.S.L. degree is issued in a particular concentration.  Currently, the available concentrations are in Human Resources Law and Health Law.
  3. Core courses. The required core courses are:
      MSL 8900, Working with Lawyers (3 credits)
      MSL 8901, Survey of the Common Law (3 credits)
      MSL 8902, Civil Procedure and Introduction to Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
      MSL 8903, Government Organization and Regulation (3 credits)
  4. Elective courses. The elective, required and capstone courses differ depending on the student's concentration.
    1. Concentration in Human Resources Law. The non-core courses that may be counted towards the eighteen credits required for graduation are:
        MSL 8910, Employment Law for Human Resources Professionals I (3 credits)
        MSL 8911, Employment Law for Human Resources Professionals II (3 credits)
        MSL 8912, Employment Discrimination (3 credits)
        MSL 8913, Labor Law and Practice (3 credits)
        MSL 8914, Employee Benefits for Human Resources Professionals (3 credits)
        MSL 8915, Dispute Resolution in Employment (2 credits)
        MSL 8995, MSL Capstone - Human Resources Law (1 credit) (required)
    2. Concentration in Health Law. The non-core courses that may be counted towards the eighteen credits required for graduation are:
        MSL 8930, Healthcare Organizations and Administration (3 credits) (required)
        MSL 8931, Regulating the Conduct of Healthcare Providers (3 credits)
        MSL 8932, Patient Privacy and Control of Patient Medical Records (3 credits)
        MSL 8933, Health Insurance and Healthcare Fraud (3 credits)
        MSL 8944, Legal Issues in Public Health (3 credits)
        MSL 8945, Legal Issues in Bioethics (3 credits)
        MSL 8905, Administrative Law for Non-Lawyers (3 credits)
        FPH 7012, Social Justice and Public Health (3 credits)
        MSL 8910, Employment Law for Human Resources Professionals I (3 credits) (HR concentration)*
        MSL 8911, Employment Law for Human Resources Professionals II (3 credits) (HR concentration)*
        MSL 8912, Employment Discrimination (3 credits) (HR concentration)*
        MSL 8915, Dispute Resolution in Employment (2 credits) (HR concentration)*
        MSL 8995, MSL Capstone - Health Law (3 credits) (required)
        * Students in the Health Law concentration may not take more than 6 credits designated as part of the Human Resources Law concentration.
    3. [reserved for other concentrations]
  5. Successful completion. To successfully complete a course, a student must receive a grade of C or above.
  6. GPA requirement. No rounding is permitted in determining whether a student satisfies the GPA requirement. For example, a cumulative GPA of 2.98 will not be sufficient for graduation.
  7. Transfer credits. The transfer of credits earned in other coursework to satisfy any of the above requirements is generally disfavored. The Dean or the Dean's designee may, in his or her discretion, approve the transfer of credits under extraordinary circumstances.
  8. Length of study. All required courses must be completed within six years after commencing the program.
  9. Course load. Both full-time and part-time study are allowed.