The Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) program is a non-thesis program for individuals interested in developing a general understanding of the legal system or expertise in a particular field that intersects with their professional interests. M.S.L. candidates are welcome from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. Students who wish to apply to the program must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the time they enroll in the program. Candidates must also submit a standardized test score such as the LSAT, GRE, GMAT or MCAT. Graduates of the program will acquire a working knowledge of the legal rules and principles affecting their area of interest, but will not be eligible to take the bar examination or to practice law.

The M.S.L. degree is awarded upon the successful completion of 30 credit hours of coursework.  The program can be completed in one year for full-time students, or up to three years for part-time students.  The students must begin their course work in the Fall Semester of each year and must take a 3-hour introductory course on the American legal system.  The remaining course work will consist of classes relevant to the student’s profession or area of interest chosen from the law school’s extensive course offerings. Coursework can be completed at the School of Law’s main campus in Athens, its facility in Atlanta, or a combination of the two locations.

Message from the Degree Coordinators:

Shannon Hinson and Jenna Jackson

Law is everywhere – it touches every aspect of our social, political, and business lives.  Whether you are a recent college graduate ready to embark on a career or a professional seeing to enhance career opportunities, knowledge of the legal principles affecting your area of interest is essential.  The M.S.L. program will help students not only gain specific knowledge, but will develop the critical reading and analysis skills necessary to solve problems in today’s challenging and changing professional settings.

One of the principal attractions of Georgia Law is the friendly and informal interaction between faculty and students.  M.S.L. students take classes and interact with Georgia Law’s J.D. students whose admission credentials place them among the most highly qualified in the nation.

We welcome your interest and application to our program.  For more information on the application process, please visit our website.

Degree Awarded: MSL

Degree Code: MSL_LAWS

School/College: School of Law

School of Law

Hirsch Hall
Athens, GA 30602-6012

706-542-7060

Academic Department: Graduate Degrees

School of Law

Hirsch Hall
Athens, GA 30602-6012

Graduate Coordinator: Shannon Hinson & Jenna Jackson

706-542-7060

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