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 the 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 projects. Students are additionally required to take an ethics course during the final semester.
|Master of Science in Law Curriculum Overview|
|First Year||Second Year|
|US Law and Legal System||3||Course or Seminar in Specialty 1||3|
|Legal Methods||3||Course or Seminar in Specialty 2||3|
|Legal Research||2||Capstone Workshop||1|
|Optional Electives: Dispute Resolution & Negotiation or another specialty course or course at UMCP||2|
|Public Law & the Regulatory Process||4||Ethics in Law & Public Policy||2|
|Survey Course in Specialty||3||Capstone Project||3|
|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: