Master of Science in Law
In today’s world, law impacts virtually every human activity. Professionals in many fields regularly interact with lawyers, the legal system, judicial rulings, policy issues, and regulations. The part-time Master of Science in Law program is designed for non-lawyer professionals who deal with such topics in their work, but who do not desire to obtain a JD or practice law. Whether you work in human resources, banking, journalism, real estate, fundraising, or for the government, a Master of Science in Law degree from the ABA-accredited Western New England University School of Law is a credential that will enhance your skill set and position you to advance your career.
Why Choose the MS in Law?
The 24-credit Master of Science in Law can be pursued part-time in two, three, or more years. You may take one or two courses per term, with summer classes optional, choosing day or evening courses to fit you schedule. You will study alongside JD students in classes taught by law faculty. Our program director will help you develop a custom curriculum to meet your interests and goals. You may also take up to 6 credits in other graduate programs at Western New England. The MS in Law is a surprisingly affordable and an accessible graduate option to give you the legal knowledge and expertise you need to understand how the law relates to your work.
What Will You Study?
After initial courses to acclimate you to legal study, you will take classes alongside our juris doctor students. You can customize your course of study to fit your career interests or choose a path from our five areas of concentration. Working with the program director, students will prepare a course of study that is drawn from foundation courses and upper-level electives. Here is a sampling of suggested areas of study. Courses are taught in the Blake Law Center and you will have access to the complete resources of the Law Library.
Admission is based on your undergraduate credentials, work experience, and other factors relevant to professional development. The MS in Law applicants will not be required to take the LSAT or any other graduate admission test. Learn more about the admissions requirements for this program.
Plan of Study
Required foundation courses:
Introduction to Law (1 credit)
Lawyering Skills I (2 credits)
Choice of one: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Torts (4 credits)
Upper-level courses: 17 additional credits from the JD curriculum including one capstone course approved by the MS program advisor.
Total: 24 credits
How are courses offered?
Course Delivery: on-campus, Blake Law Center
Total Credits: 24
After taking an introductory course to become acclimated to the process of legal education, you will attend the same classes with students in the Juris Doctor program and be taught by our outstanding law faculty. The sophisticated and substantial knowledge of law obtained through the program will prepare you to:
- Understand the legal and regulatory scheme that governs your profession;
- Employ legal concepts and perspectives in your professional decision-making;
- Use legal insights in developing business strategy and risk management plans;
- Engage in public policy discussions to influence change in your field; and
- Communicate more effectively with legal counsel.
The School of Law's full-time faculty members have been educated at many of the nation's most prestigious law schools. All have practiced law prior to joining our faculty, with most having practiced in the fields of law they now teach. Our adjunct faculty is comprised of more than 30 professionals, including practicing attorneys and judges, who bring current legal practice into the classroom.
Choose the only part-time master’s in law program in Massachusetts. Our central location in Springfield, MA, is ideal for students from western and central Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, and Albany, NY.
Offered by the ABA-accredited Western New England University School of Law, this 24-credit program is affordable and convenient for working professionals.
Tailor your studies through concentrations that fit your professional interests and goals in classes taught by our expert faculty.