Law Master in the Study of Law

About us

An alternative to the traditional three-year JD degree, the Master in the Study of Law (MSL) degree offered by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is designed as a flexible program for accomplished professionals who want to learn about the law in order to strengthen their professional skills. Students in the program attend self-selected classes alongside full-time law students at one of the country's top 10 public law schools.

MSL students must satisfactorily complete 30 semester hours in the program. A full-time student can typically complete the program in one academic year; part-time students are generally expected to complete the requirements within four academic years.

Students join JD candidates in first-year and advanced courses taught by award-winning professors. The college's faculty includes six former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, and dozens more have equally remarkable careers as attorneys and educators. To provide students with a solid foundation in legal principles and doctrine, Moritz includes three traditional first-year courses in its MSL curriculum. Beyond that, students can work with the faculty director to design their own curriculums, or complete a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Law 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • International and Comparative Law