Frequently asked questions

Program information

  • Who will benefit from the MSL degree?

    With so many businesses and industries being impacted by constantly changing laws and regulations, having knowledge and training in legal analysis can be advantageous in dealing with those every day law-related issues.

    Our MSL program is specifically designed to help specialists in human resources and health care expand their knowledge of legal principles and the U.S. legal system. The program will help you develop the expertise to identify and navigate the complex, law-related issues that can be triggered from the first contact with potential employees through retirement.

  • Are there other concentrations in the MSL program?

    Currently, human resources and health law are the only concentrations available in the MSL program. Additional concentrations may be added in the future.

  • Will the MSL program train me to be a lawyer?

    No. The MSL program provides legal skills and knowledge to enhance your current or future career. It will not permit you to take the bar examination and so it is not intended for those who want to practice law. If you want to become a lawyer, you should pursue your J.D.

  • Do the MSL courses count toward the J.D. degree if I decide I want to pursue that degree?

    No. The American Bar Association regulations do not permit credits acquired in the MSL degree to be credited toward the J.D. degree.

  • Will the MSL degree help me get into a J.D. program?

    No. The MSL is not intended to prepare you for the J.D. degree. However, students who successfully complete courses in the MSL program will have a better understanding of the law than people who have not. If you eventually enroll in a J.D. program, the MSL experience might prove beneficial.

  • If I have completed part of a J.D. program and wish to switch to the MSL program, may I do so?

    Students who have begun, but do not wish to complete a J.D. program at Wayne State University or another law school may apply for admission to the MSL program.

    Please note however, if you are accepted, you will be required to complete all courses, including the core courses. While there may be some overlap between 1L courses and our core courses, we believe the courses are different in focus and content.

  • If I already have a J.D. degree, can I get an MSL?

    No. The MSL program at Wayne State University is not appropriate for individuals who have earned their J.D. However, we hope to develop MSL graduate certificates in the near future. Please make sure to check back with us.

  • Can I transfer credits from another university?

    Courses used toward a degree or a certificate completed at another university may not be applied toward a master's degree at Wayne State University. Transfer credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A maximum number of 6 credits may be transferred to our MSL program and must have been taken within the last 5 years. In addition, a grade of 3.0 (B) or better must have been earned in the course.

  • How long does it take to complete the MSL program?

    The MSL degree can be completed on a part-time (24 months) or full-time basis (15 months). The maximum time to complete the degree requirements is six years. We strongly encourage you to complete the program in three years or less in order to maintain continuity of study and consistent progress toward the degree.

Course structure

  • Are MSL courses regular law school courses?

    No. MSL students take classes that are specifically designed for the program. MSL classes are meant to provide focused training that will be of practical use to human resources, health specialists, and other professionals.

  • What is the online experience like? Do I need to log in on specific days and times?

    The online experience is interactive and flexible. Each course will consist of a variety of experiences that will include different types of learning activities. While most of the online coursework will be asynchronous, there will be opportunities for synchronous events.

  • How much work will there be for students in the MSL program?

    The MSL curriculum covers a wide range of topics and is full of activity and learning. The program is academically rigorous. At a minimum, we anticipate that you will spend 6 to 10 hours each week per course.

  • What is required for the MSL capstone course?

    The MSL capstone course draws on concepts covered in other courses and focuses on a specific problem or area of interest. It may include an individual or group project that addresses a complex issue or under a faculty member's supervision.

  • How do I access my courses?

    All MSL courses will use the Canvas Learning Management Platform.

  • When do MSL courses begin?

    As a Wayne Law program, the MSL will follow the Law School's academic calendar in regards to semester start and end dates and deadlines. Please make sure that you refer to the academic calendar on the Law School's website.

  • Do I have to take the courses in order?

    You are encouraged to complete the core courses first. However, if you have successfully completed at least two core courses, you may begin taking the concentration courses.

  • Will I receive guidance on which courses I should take?

    Yes. We will work with you to create an individualized plan of work (your path to graduation) tailored to your needs.

  • May I take courses outside of the Law School?

    Our MSL is structured to give you robust and complete exposure to the areas you will need to be successful. Not taking one of these courses will leave you with a gap in knowledge. Requests to take courses outside of the Law School will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • What is the grading system for students in the MSL program?

    The graduate grading system is intended to reflect higher standards of critical and creative scholarship than those applied at the undergraduate level.

    To be awarded a graduate degree, a student must have achieved at least a 'B' (3.0) overall grade point average. Grades of 'B-minus' and below are unsatisfactory for graduate-level work. A limited number of 'B-minus', 'C-plus,' or 'C', though unsatisfactory, may be applied toward a graduate degree provided they are offset by a sufficient number of higher grades to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 Grades below 'B' can constitute reason for dismissal from a program at the department or program's discretion.

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