Master of Studies in Law

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Student Profile: Karen Frekko (MSL ’18)

After completing her first two semesters of Wake Forest Law’s online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree, Senior Associate Director of Information Technology Karen Frekko (MSL ’18) says she has found “a new set of tools” in her toolbox.

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Student Profile: Crystal Richmond (MSL ’16)

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Undergraduate school and major: I attended undergraduate at the University of Memphis where I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice.

Why I chose to pursue the MSL degree: I decided to pursue Wake Forest Law’s Master of Studies in Law degree because of the flexibility of distance learning while still being able to develop analytical and reasoning skills.

What I like about Wake Forest Law’s MSL: The courses are aggressively up-to-date. Each topic receives careful and comprehensive treatment. While some courses may be challenging, they also provide a great thought-provoking learning experience. They also provide a well-rounded, but in-depth understanding of the law. I enjoy having an environment where I can work with professionals from all over the world, rich online databases and online tools combined with the possibility to study from wherever I am. I can travel with my studies and learn at any time of the day. All I need is dedication and a computer.

Applying MSL to my career: The program is very well devised: coherent and wide-ranging. More importantly, it is rigorous and challenging and the professors are amazingly helpful. Upon completion of the program, I will have a new horizon of career options. Through the program I have been able to obtain a more in-depth knowledge of law for certain areas that are of interest to me. The skills and knowledge I have gained so far have proven to be most valuable to me in my position as a paralegal and a small business owner. I am very glad that I opted for this program.

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Wake Forest Law launches part-time, online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree with focus on health care, HR

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.” Continue reading »

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Alumna Profile: Karen Knippenberg (MSL ’14)

Karen Knippenberg (MSL ’14) majored in Political Science at Appalachian State University with a concentration in paralegal studies. After graduation, she worked as a paralegal, mostly in real estate along with some work with mergers and acquisitions. Continue reading »

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Wake Forest Law announces part-time, limited-residency option for its Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree

The Wake Forest University School of Law will begin offering in August 2015 a part-time, limited-residency option for its Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree in addition to its full-time, one-year program for residential students. Continue reading »

New Programs Adapt to Shifting Legal Needs

Legal education is changing, growing, evolving. It’s moving in a direction cut and molded to meet today’s tests and its trials, adapting to a shifting future yet sharpening its focus on its core principles and transforming to fulfill the educational needs of a inquisitive and brightly vibrant student population.

Wake Forest Law is at the forefront of this evolution, accepting the challenges and creating a paradigm for the future, in part by offering a new clinical externship program, the Wake Forest Law in Washington, D.C., Summer Judicial Externship Program, a professionalism course for credit and a one-year Master of Studies in Law (MSL).

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