What courses can I take?
There are a variety of courses available to MSL students in order to meet their diverse needs and interests. Students will choose coursework in consultation with their faculty advisor and the UC Hastings Associate Dean. Besides the required courses, students can choose from a wide variety of courses. View the degree requirements.
Can I focus on a specific area?
With guidance from UC Hastings' world-class faculty, MSL Students can focus on a variety of areas including:
Are there any required courses?
Yes. All MSL students must take the following courses:
What are the requirements for graduation?
In order to earn an MSL degree, students must complete a total of 28 units, which includes both required and elective coursework.
Will I be taking courses with J.D. students or just MSL students?
MSL Students have access to a full range of course offerings at UC Hastings. MSL students take two courses designed for MSL students: Legal Writing and Research and Intro to Law for Masters Students. All other courses will be a mixture of J.D. and MSL students.
How do I apply?
Click on 'How to Apply' for a list of all requirements.
What are the requirements for admission?
To be considered for admission to the UC Hastings MSL Program, candidates must have earned a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. In addition to a Bachelor's degree, candidates must satisfy ONE of the following conditions:
What is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The priority deadline for financial aid is February 1st. After February 1st, admissions and scholarship decisions will be made on a space available basis.
What is the cost?
Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is estimated to be $41,200 with no distinction made between in-state and out-of-state residents. In addition, students are required to pay additional administrative fees. Please visit Fiscal Services to view a breakdown of the tuition and fee schedule.
What is the cost of living in San Francisco?
Estimated living expenses, including housing, food, transportation, books and supplies, and federal loan fees, are $23,613 for the 2016-2017 academic year. This estimate is based on a nine month academic calendar and is the same whether the student is living on or off campus.
Is there any financial aid available?
There are a limited number of merit and need-based tuition scholarships available to qualified MSL students. In order to be considered for a scholarship, please complete Application Form for MSL Scholarships. Applicants who are interested in tuition scholarships are strongly encouraged to submit their complete applications by February 1st.
Full-time students and part-time students (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only) who are taking at least six credit hours a semester are eligible for the federal loan program, which includes the Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans. MSL students applying for financial aid should submit the FAFSA and the UC Hastings Financial Aid Supplement form by March 1st. For additional information, please visit Financial Aid.
I am not a Health or Science professional. Can I still apply for the MSL program?
Yes. UC Hastings has expanded the MSL program to include other academics and professionals. If you have a graduate degree or substantial professional experiences in a field other than law, you may wish to focused your degree on one of the following areas:
Who will benefit from the Master of Studies in Law degree?
Many professionals increasingly deal with the modern regulatory state, participate in legal processes, research legal actors and institutions, and interact with legal systems. The MSL is designed for professionals who want to have a sophisticated understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine, but who do not need the three-year J.D. degree.
I own my own business. Is the MSL program for me even though I am not an academic?
Yes. One of the many benefits to the MSL program is that it can be tailored to individual interests and needs. A business owner or entrepreneur may wish to focus their elective course work on contracts, tax, corporation and intellectual property law.
Is it possible for MSL students to transfer to the J.D. program?
No. MSL students cannot transfer to the J.D. program.
Do I have to attend school full-time? Or are there part-time options?
We recognize that individuals interested in the MSL program will have varying time commitments. To accommodate these needs, the MSL program at UC Hastings is offered both on a full-time and part-time basis. Course requirements are the same for both programs. Please see Degree Requirements for more details.
Do you offer weekend or evening classes?
No. At this time we do not offer any weekend or evening classes.
How long is the Program?
Full-time students will be expected to complete their degree requirements in two consecutive semesters in one academic year. The part-time MSL program is meant to accommodate working professionals who cannot complete their degree requirements in one academic year. Part-time MSL students must complete their degree requirements within four years of enrolling in the program.