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Structure of the Required Curriculum

The MSL academic program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law follows a structured curriculum. The structure of the curriculum differs depending on the area of specialization the student in which the student is enrolled.

After completing the first semester of required courses, students may not switch to another area of specialization.

During the first two semesters, students will take foundational courses, research and writing classes, and a survey of their chosen specialization. During the final two semesters, students will focus on the specialty area, taking seminars in their specializations and working on a faculty-supervised capstone project, and will take a course in the other online MSL specialty.

  • Semester 1: U.S. Law and Legal System (3); Legal Methods (3); Legal Research (2)
  • Semester 2: Public Law & the Regulatory Process (3); Ethics in Law & Public Policy (1); Survey Course in Specialty (3)
  • Semester 3: Course or Seminar in Specialty (3); Course or Seminar in Specialty (3); Dispute Resolution & Negotiation (2)
  • Semester 4: MSL Survey Course in the other online MSL specialty (3); Capstone Project in Specialty (4)

Absent exceptional circumstances students are expected to follow the structure of the required curriculum.


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Admissions: PHONE: (410) 706-3492 FAX: (410) 706-1793

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