• School of Law

  • Online MSL

    As a working professional, you juggle a lot of priorities. But that doesn’t mean your goal of earning your master’s degree needs to be set aside. With Hamline Law’s Online MSL, you can complete your coursework at a time of day and location convenient for you without missing out on the challenge, academic support, and practical skill development provided to In-Residence students.

    If you choose the Online MSL conflict resolution concentration, you start your coursework in August or January, taking two courses in each of six successive law school terms (program calendar). You can complete the degree in as few as 15 months (though most students elect to spread the course load over 18 to 24 months). 

     You can earn the valuable Health Care Compliance certificate along with your MSL degree by completing the Online MSL health care compliance concentration, which begins in May, August, or January (program calendar). Both the certificate and degree can be completed in as few as 19 months (though most students elect to spread the load over 24 months).

    Short-Term Residencies

    The Online MSL begins with an initial 3-day residency on the Hamline Saint Paul campus, when you meet your cohort colleagues and instructors. A similar short-term residence closes out your program. An additional 3-day summer institute in health care compliance is required if you choose to complete the Health Care Compliance certificate as part of your MSL. Everything else is online and asychronous - meaning you choose when to engage the material and when to interact with your colleagues. While you largely control the schedule, you won't be going it alone. There is a high level of interaction between you and your course instructors, and between you and your program colleagues. If you desire, you can also combine your online education with individual courses offered in the day, weekend, January term, summer term, and/or study abroad programs that make up the regular in-residence Hamline Law curriculum.

    Degree requirements

    Online MSL students complete 30 academic credits:

    • 15 credits in six required foundation courses

      Foundations in Law (11 credits)
      Introduction to Legal Method and Ethics (2 credits)
      The Common Law: Civil and Criminal (3 credits)
      Regulation in America (3 credits)
      Legal Writing and Research (3 credits)

      Foundations in Problem-Solving (4 credits)
      Theories of Conflict (2 credits)
      Negotiation (2 credits)
    • 15 credits in an elective concentration (conflict resolution or health care compliance) including a capstone research action project

    Please note: This program is not approved by the American Bar Association for training paralegals and does not qualify recipients for the practice of law. MSL credits are not transferable to a JD program, should a student decide to pursue a JD after completing MSL courses.

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    Academic advising

    Upon admission, you are assigned to an academic advisor who helps you with:

      • Course selection and program planning
      • Registration issues
      • Academic concerns
      • Degree progress
      • Transfer credit requests
      • Interpretation of academic policies
      • Resource referrals