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Professionals in most fields increasingly interact with attorneys and participate in legal processes. Yet, most people have little training in the language and structures of the law. An MSL degree will not only help you further your own career and magnify your impact with a deep understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine, but it will also give you the tools to help make your organization more competitive. The UC Hastings MSL is 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.



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The MSL Student Experience

Learn more about the MSL Program

Professionals in most fields increasingly interact with attorneys and participate in legal processes. Yet, most people have little training in the language and structures of the law. An MSL degree will not only help you further your own career and magnify your impact with a deep understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine, but it will also give you the tools to help make your organization more competitive. The UC Hastings MSL is 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.



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The MSL Student Experience

Learn more about the MSL Program

As a UC Hastings MSL student, you will work closely with top law professors, Juris Doctor students, and other MSL students who are leaders in their fields. In an academically exhilarating and supportive atmosphere, you will engage with other professionals from around the Bay Area, the country, and the world as you immerse yourself in academic pursuits with practical benefits. The MSL degree can be completed in one-year or spread out part-time over 1 1/2 to 4 years. The MSL program is a compelling practical addition or alternative to other master’s degrees. Please visit this page for details about the MSL program specializations.

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Learn more about the MSL program by joining our email list. You’ll receive monthly personalized information, gain special access to faculty and student profiles and videos, and be the first to know about deadlines and upcoming events.

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If you want to gain a more sophisticated understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine to make an impact, you should consider the UC Hastings MSL program. The MSL application opens on October 1 each year and are reviewed on a rolling basis. The priority deadline for scholarship consideration is April 15.

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MSL Admitted Students' Portal

Once you’ve been admitted to the MSL program, take your next steps towards enrolling at UC Hastings by visiting the admitted students’ portal. Here you can learn more about required enrollment action items, deadlines, orientation, and more. Password to access the portal is emailed to admitted students.