The law is an integral part of modern society, affecting almost all industries. Understanding the law and legal policy can make the difference to broadening career opportunities and opening doors. The reasoning, writing, and negotiating skills gained through pursuing a legal degree can give professionals a competitive edge and expand their impact within their chosen fields.

Professionals in most fields increasingly deal with the modern regulatory state, interact with attorneys, and participate in legal processes. Yet, most professionals have little training in the language, argumentation, and structures of the law and legal processes.

The UC Hastings Self-Designed MSL is a one-year program designed for individuals who do not seek to practice law, but who instead want to equip themselves with a more sophisticated understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine.

In the UC Hastings MSL program, you will work closely with top law professors and other MSL students who are leaders in their fields. In an academically rigorous and supportive atmosphere, you will engage with other professionals from around the Bay and across the country as you immerse yourself in a world of academic inquiry that offers real-world benefits.

You will become the go-to person in your field, whether that be administration, policy, advocacy, research, education, human resources, or another career function. With a UC Hastings MSL, you will be able to evaluate and work with attorneys more easily, having gained a common language and working knowledge of the law. An MSL degree will not only help you further your own career, but will give you the tools to help make your organization more competitive. The MSL program is a compelling practical addition or alternative to other master’s degrees.

Students pursuing a Self-Designed MSL can focus on a variety of areas including:

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Criminal Justice
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Government and Administrative Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Reproductive Health Law
  • Social Justice and Advocacy