Master of Studies in Law Online

A Versatile Graduate Legal Program, Now Online

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is now offering the Master of Studies in Law Degree online. Like our in-person curriculum, this program is ideal for working professionals who want to advance their careers by building a foundation in US law and legal procedure. Our MSL degree enhances knowledge and skills, advances careers, and brings immediate impact and value to the workplace and beyond. The online MSL courses are completely asynchronous and taught by world-renowned Pitt Law faculty and industry experts. 

The MSL degree requires 30 credits for completion. Those who choose to enroll in the MSL Online program earn the first 15 credits through online classes tailor-made to non-legal professionals or attorneys who wish to brush up their knowledge. The year-long program begins in late August or early January. Students take one course at a time in a pre-set order.  The second 15 credits may be completed in two different ways:

  • Complete courses in the classroom at Pitt Law along with JD students. Choose from a wide range of JD courses, just as in the in-person MSL offered since 1999, in more than 20 different specializations
  • Complete one of our online certificate programs in Health Care Compliance, Human Resources Law, or-new this fall-International Business Law and DIspute Resolution

Watch a video explaining more about Pitt Law's MSL Online program.

Apply Now

Ready to apply to Pitt Law's Master of Studies in Law Online program? Applicants to the MSL Program can apply via the application here. Questions should be directed to

Course Descriptions and Calendar

Throughout the courses in the MSL program, students will gain knowledge and further their legal expertise across a wide range of legal topics that are crucial to developing a successful career in the workplace.

MSL Specializations

Specializations and Online Certificate Programs

After the first year of study in the Online MSL Program, students will have an opportunity to attend law school classes in-person or online. If you choose the in-person option, you may focus your degree by choosing a specialized track that meets your interests and career goals. Or you may choose to earn your degree entirely online by completing an online certificate in Corporate ComplianceHealth Care Compliance, Human Resources Law, International Business Law and Dispute Resolution, with more online options coming in the Fall of 2023.

What Our Graduates Say

Learn how the Pitt Law MSL Degree has helped our graduates.

What it Costs?

The Master of Studies in Law is an advanced degree where students take law school courses from world-class scholars, attorneys, and judges side-by-side with Juris Doctor students. View the tuition rates here. Loans are available for those who qualify