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.

When will classes be scheduled?

The MSL program is specifically designed to accommodate working professionals. Three-credit classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. One- and two-credit classes will be scheduled on selected Saturdays between 10 am and noon.

What is the academic calendar for fall 2015?

Students will be expected to attend an Orientation program on Saturday, August 22. Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 25 and end on Thursday, November 19. Final exams will be scheduled in early December. The exam schedule will be announced at a later date.

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

The MSL program is designed for professionals who desire education in the law without becoming practicing lawyers. MSL graduates will not be eligible to sit for any bar exam. However, students who complete the patent specialty will be well-positioned to sit for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examination and become registered patent agents admitted to practice before the USPTO (for which a law degree is not required.)

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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No provision of this website shall be construed as a contract between any applicant or student and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The University and the School of Law reserve the right to make changes without prior notice in requirements for admission, curriculum, programs and their availability, standards for advancement and graduation, and rules and regulations. The University also reserves the right to make changes in the rates of tuition and fees. The University further reserves the right to ask a student to withdraw at any time when it is considered to be in the best interest of the University.

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Master of Science in Law (MSL) program is made possible through a collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland: MPowering the State initiative.


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