Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Degree
The degree of Master of Studies in Law is designed for non-lawyer candidates who seek to obtain a deeper understanding of a particular field of law that factors into their professional endeavors. Those who have completed a professional law degree are not eligible for this degree.
Business and Finance Law (MSL-BF)
Director Dalia Tsuk Mitchell
Criminal Law (MSL-CL)
Environmental and Energy Law (MSL-EEL)
Co-Directors Randall Abate and Donna Attanasio
Director Renée DeVigne
Government Procurement Law (MSL-GP)
Director Jessica Tillipman
Government Procurement and Cybersecurity Law (MSL-GPCS)
Directors Lisa Schenck and Jessica Tillipman
Health Law (MSL-Health)
Director Sonia Suter
Intellectual Property Law (MSL-IP)
Director John Whealan
International and Comparative Law (MSL-ICL)
Director Rosa Celorio
National Security and Cybersecurity Law (MSL-CS)
Director Lisa Schenck
In the General MSL Degree Program, a student may design with prior approval a course of legal studies that is particularly tailored to their professional interests.
MSL applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or equivalent, with evidence of strong academic performance, have a minimum of 3–5 years of professional experience related to the field of study, and provide detailed letter(s) of recommendation.
While required, recommended, and elective course credits will vary among the designated MSL Degree Programs, and the General MSL Degree, it is expected that most programs will include Fundamentals Issues in U.S. Law (6694), and Legal Research and Writing for MSL and International LLM Students (6692). Each program will require 24 total course credits to complete the degree and achievement of a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 at the time all requirements are met. Students may complete the degree in two full-time semesters of 12 credits each, or four part-time semesters, including the option of summer sessions if the relevant course work is offered.
Application forms are available from and should be returned to the Graduate and International Programs Office, the George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC 20052.
U.S. graduates are admitted for both the fall and spring semesters. Applications are due by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
Non-U.S. graduates are admitted for both the fall and spring semesters. Applications are due by March 15 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
To be considered for admission, students whose undergraduate degree was earned from a non-U.S. college or university in which English is not the primary language of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and attain a score in the 600-point range (paper-based) or 100-point range (Internet-based). Scores should be sent to the law school’s Graduate and International Programs Office. TOEFL scores may not be more than two years old. To make arrangements for the test, visit the TOEFL website. Students also may be considered for admission with a score of 7.0 or above from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To make arrangements for the test, visit the IELTS website.