Master of Science in Law – Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the MSL requirements?

The MSL program is a 30-credit, part-time degree and is designed to take four semesters to complete. MSL courses are only available during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Can I continue to work while I complete the MSL program?

Yes. The MSL program is specifically designed for working professionals. All classes are held in the evenings, and students will only take two or three classes each semester.

Where are the MSL classes held? Is this location accessible by public transportation?

All MSL classes will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The campus is easily accessed by the D.C. metro system (Green and Yellow Line) and several bus routes. With the campus located directly off of Interstate-495 and with ample parking available, students can easily drive to classes as well.

Who teaches the MSL program courses?

The courses will be taught by a mixture of Maryland Carey Law faculty members and substantive experts from government agencies, the judiciary, and the practicing bar. The foundational and survey courses will mainly be taught by faculty members, while the specialty seminars and capstone courses will be taught by experienced practitioners in the relevant field.

Will I take classes with JD students as well as other MSL students?

All foundational and capstone courses have been specifically designed for MSL students and JD students will not be permitted to enroll in these classes. JD students may join MSL students in the specialty seminar courses with special permission.

Will I be eligible to sit for the bar exam after completion of the MSL program?

No. The MSL program is designed for working professionals who desire education in the law without becoming practicing lawyers. MSL graduates will not be eligible to sit for any bar exam.

How do I apply?

Follow the instructions here:  https://www.law.umaryland.edu/academics/msl/apply.html.

How can I contact you to ask additional questions?

Write to us at MSL@law.umaryland.edu, or call our Office of Admissions at 410.706.3492.


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