Master of Studies in Law

The Master of Studies in Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is a 30-credit advanced degree designed for professionals seeking to enhance their careers with a versatile graduate level program tailored to your needs. If a three-year Juris Doctorate degree is not for you-or is not for you yet-the MSL degree can boost your career by giving you a firm grounding in legal concepts and the opportunity to explore your selected area of law in depth. It is also appropriate for attorneys who wish to recalibrate or enhance their knowledge of a particular area of law. The MSL degree can be earned in classroom courses in two semesters full-time or two to four years in a flexible part-time schedule-or it may be earned online in two years.

Law is a pervasive influence on almost all aspects of life across the globe, but higher education often ill prepares students and professionals for navigating laws and legal dynamics in business and life. MSL students seek to gain foundational and specialized knowledge of the law and the legal system.

The MSL Program enables attorneys and non-legal professionals to:

  • Expand their knowledge of the US Legal System specific to their areas of concentration
  • Further their understanding of the rule of law through reading and analyzing previous case laws, statutes, and regulations
  • Enhance their ability to communicate with colleagues and peers regarding legal issues that affect the workplace
  • Gain familiarity with contemporary legal issues facing the US and the world