Cornell Launches New Online Law Master's Degree

New Online Master of Science in Legal Studies program will take 20 months to complete

Cornell Law School has announced that, beginning in January, it will offer a new Master of Science in Legal Studies program.

The new MSLS program will take place primarily online, with two, one-week long summer visits to Cornell's campus in Ithaca, New York. In all, the program will take 20 months to complete.

The program—unlike most LL.M.s—does not require a first degree in law. Instead, the program is aimed at business professionals looking to understand the key concepts of US law. 

The school estimates that participants in the MSLS will spend about 15-20 hours per week on online study. Some of the program's core courses include "Introduction to the US Legal System," "Employment Law," and "Navigating the Intellectual Property Landscape," among others. In total, the program will include some 19 classes as well as a capstone component, which will be a written project. 

During the program's summer residency sessions, students will take courses in persuasive communication and legal research, and will also have time to network with classmates and professors.

Admission to the Cornell program's first intake will be offered on a rolling basis. For more information, or to apply, please see Cornell Law School's Master of Science in Legal Studies program webpage.


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