Master of Studies in Law

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UC Hastings is proud to announce the launch of a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree with a focus in science & health policy. The program will begin in August of 2012, with both full-time and part-time enrollment options. The full-time program will require two semesters of full-time study to complete (one academic year). The part-time program is expected to take four to five semesters of enrollment.

The law permeates all aspects of contemporary life and has a tremendous impact across a wide array of professional and academic endeavors. Familiarity with the law is particularly central to the success of health and science professionals, whether it provides the framework within which they work or is the subject of their research. Health and science professionals increasingly deal with the modern regulatory state, participate in legal processes, research legal actors and institutions, and interact with legal systems. Yet most health and science professionals have little training in understanding the complexities and nuances of the law and legal processes. As generations of law students have learned, the law is not merely what appears in case opinions, regulations and statutes; it is a way of thinking. Indeed, learning to “think like a lawyer” is one of the primary objectives of graduate training in law.

The UC Hastings MSL degree 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. If you are a health or science professional who interacts with, relies upon, researches subjects involving, or works with patients or clients that are intertwined with the law, the UC Hastings MSL degree will give you the tools to excel in your career.

Virtually every health and science professional can benefit from the legal training provided by the MSL.

If you would like to request more information about the UC Hastings MSL, go to the MSL Information Request page.

If you would like to arrange a visit to UC Hastings to sit in on a law school class or take a student-guided tour, please go to the Visit Us page and peruse the list of classes open to prospective students. Follow up by calling the MSL Program Coordinator at (415) 581-8983, who can assist in arranging your visit to campus.