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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. The MSL degree can be completed in one-year or spread out part-time over 1 1/2 to 4 years.

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In the interest of protecting the health of our students, faculty, and staff and preserving our fully in-person semester, UC Hastings Admissions is not currently open to visitors. We encourage you to sign up for our email listtour our virtual campus, or sign up for an advising appointment

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. The MSL degree can be completed in one-year or spread out part-time over 1 1/2 to 4 years.

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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 program is a compelling practical addition or alternative to other master’s degrees. Learn more about our MSL Specialization areas.



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The MSL Student Experience

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 program is a compelling practical addition or alternative to other master’s degrees. Learn more about our MSL Specialization areas.



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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 Specialization Options

The MSL program allows students to pursue a general course of study, select a specialization focus area, or develop their own focus area under the guidance of our faculty advisor. Tailor the program to fit your interests!

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