Posted: March 4th, 2016 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Wake Forest Law has launched a fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree program for working professionals who want a better understanding of the law.
Applications for Fall 2016 are now being accepted here. The degree program, which can be completed in less than two years, combines the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the rigor and academic excellence that are hallmarks of Wake Forest Law. The online MSL is the law school’s first wholly online degree offering.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring a Wake Forest Law education to individuals who would not have been able to take advantage of this unique opportunity solely because of geography,” explains Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77). “Our new online MSL degree is designed to help professionals reach the next level in their careers.”
Designed with the input of business and industry leaders, the tailored curriculum combines a foundational understanding of the law and its relevance in the workplace. Students take a set of required core courses specially designed to introduce the relevant fundamentals of the law and then select electives based on their chosen professional track in either Health Law and Policy or Human Resources.
“I decided to pursue the Wake Forest Law MSL degree because of the flexibility of distance learning,” says Crystal Richmond, a paralegal who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. “The program is well-rounded, but in-depth, and the courses are up-to-date and relevant. I’ve found my professors to be extremely helpful.”
All courses are specially designed for and taught only to MSL students, says Interim MSL Director Ellen Murphy (JD ’02), assistant dean of instructional design.
“Classes are taught by Wake Forest Law full-time faculty in collaboration with industry experts, so students benefit from team teaching in an environment focused on real-world issues,” she says.
The program is accessible for students nationwide. The fully asynchronous degree takes advantage of the latest technology to combine flexibility with interactivity and collaborative learning.
“Asynchronous learning at Wake Forest Law is distinctive,” Murphy adds. “Students receive an unmatched level of professor interaction through our learning management system and state-of-the art video conferencing tools. Courses include videos and podcasts created and produced by the teaching professor. Professionals progress through units each week, with regular assignment due dates, peer collaboration, professor interaction, and feedback.”
Admission to the MSL degree program is based on the applicant’s work experience, professional background, and academic record. Standardized test scores are not required.
Tuition for the MSL degree is $900 per credit hour, or $27,000, at the current tuition rate. Students can expect to enroll in 3-6 credit hours per semester, Murphy says.
For more information or to apply, go here.
The Triad Business Journal wrote about the new degree here.