The following term dates apply to all three concentration areas in: 1) Taxation; 2) Financial Services and Wealth Management; and 3) Financial Compliance and Risk Management. Each trimester is broken into two 8-week terms. Student may start the program in any term (e.g. Fall 1, Fall 2, Winter 1, Winter 2, Spring 1, Spring 2)
About the Program
The Masters of Science of Law (MSL) degree has been offered online since 2008, making it one of the longest standing online legal programs in the United States. Students can choose among three concentrations in which to specialize or they can earn their degree with a variety of courses from each concentration. The available concentrations are (1) taxation, (2) financial compliance and risk management, and (3) financial services and wealth management. Students may also choose a dual concentration, which would extend their time of study.
The program is designed for working professionals and allows students to take one course at a time. The program requires students to complete ten 3-unit courses, for a total of 30 units. Courses last for 8 weeks, except for a 16-week Thesis course taken at the end of the program. Students typically complete the program in 1.5 to 2 years, but may accelerate graduation by taking a second course during some terms.
All instructors teaching concentration courses have advanced degrees and they typically are working professionals in the fields in which they teach. They have experience in a wide variety of settings, including government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Securities Exchange Commission, law firms, accounting firms, banks, and businesses. They have been selected to teach in our program on the basis of their knowledge, their experience, and their dedication to teaching our students.
Method of Instruction
All courses are offered exclusively online and asynchronously. Classes do not meet at a designated time. All lectures are recorded, permitting students to watch each week’s lectures at a time during that week of their own choosing. Our deeply committed instructors are available to meet online with students individually to discuss course material and answer questions.
Student to Faculty Ratio
The program maintains a very low student to faculty ratio to ensure individualized attention for each student. Courses average a 6:1 student to faculty ratio.
Graduates will demonstrate:
- A foundational understanding of the legal system and operational knowledge of U.S. law and process for their chosen concentration;
- An understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities to clients;
- An understanding of U.S. legal discourse, case analysis and legal reasoning for their chosen concentration; and
- Skills in legal research for their chosen concentration.