The MSL is a part-time, two-year evening program structured to permit professionals to integrate their course of study into their work lives. Students are required to earn 30 credits spread over four semesters, with a focus in one of five specialty areas: Crisis Management, Cybersecurity, Environmental Law, Health Care Law, or Patent Law.
During the first year, students will take foundational courses, research and writing classes, and a survey of their chosen specialization. During the second year, students will focus on the specialty area, taking seminars in their specializations and working on a faculty-supervised capstone project. In their final semester students may take a course in one of the other MSL specialties or an approved graduate-level course at the University of Maryland, College Park in a related topic area.
|Master of Science in Law Curriculum Overview|
|First Year||Second Year|
|US Law and Legal System||3||Course or Seminar in Specialty||3|
|Legal Methods||3||Course or Seminar in Specialty||3|
|Legal Research||2||Dispute Resolution & Negotiation||2|
|Public Law & the Regulatory Process||3||MSL Course or Seminar or an approved UMCP course||3|
|Survey Course in Specialty||3||Capstone Project in Specialty||4|
|Ethics in Law & Public Policy||1|
|Total Credits||15||Total Credits||15|
With a choice among five unique specializations, MSL students will develop an understanding of the law within their chosen field while simultaneously gaining a fluency in the principles and modes of analysis that will complement their existing professional knowledge and experience. The program will allow students to develop necessary core competencies, such as:
Policy on transfer credit: MSL students may not transfer or apply credits earned elsewhere toward MSL degree requirements, with the following exception. With advance approval by the Maryland Carey Law Office of Academic Affairs, MSL students may take a 2- or 3-credit graduate-level course at the University of Maryland, College Park in a related topic area and receive transfer credit toward the MSL degree for that course.