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Posted Jan. 7, 2020

Why do an MSL degree?

Reasons to do an MSLIf you currently work in a job or position with a great deal of contact with the law, or you have a keen interest in this field and would like to be more knowledgeable, then a Masters of Studies in Law might be the ideal postgraduate degree for you.

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An MSL degree is predominantly studied in the US and can be studied in Canada too. An MSL degree is an alternative to an LLM aimed at those students who do not wish to become lawyers but do want to work closely with the law.

So now you are a bit clearer on what an MSL degree is – let’s take a look at the reasons why you might choose to study one.

Career advancement

Many careers are assisted by gaining an MSL degree. Those working in academia and who want to improve their understanding of research topics and the impact of the law on them are one group. People working in positions such as court clerks, in law enforcement or areas like human resources would all benefit from studying an MSL degree. Many reporters in the US who cover legal matters including the events of the Supreme Court have undertaken an MSL degree to ensure they have the necessary knowledge to explain the decisions of courts to the public.

Personal fulfilment

Most students undertaking an MSL degree are ones who are currently working in the industry they wish to continue in, so many MSL degrees are offered on a part-time and online basis. This makes it much easier to fit in your studies whilst continuing to advance your career at the same time. Many courses offer opportunities to improve other transferable skills that will improve your employability along with your understanding of yourself and your skillset.

Opportunity to specialise

Many MSL courses offer the chance to tailor your studies to fit with your career aims. As students come from many different backgrounds it is important that you thoroughly research the modules and courses available during your chosen MSL degree before you apply. There are courses that specialise in all sorts of areas including Environmental Law, Health Care Law, Fashion Law, Corporate Compliance and Employment Law.

Networking opportunities

Law schools often have an excellent network of contacts in their local area and this is one major advantage of attending an on-campus MSL degree. However, even with online degrees, you might have the chance to attend local networking events associated with your law school to improve your skills and meet new contacts.

Where you can study an MSL in North America?

Here’s a table showing some of the universities where you can study an MSL degree in North America, together with the mode of study on offer.

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Sources: 1 and law schools own websites

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