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Master in the Study of Law

Online graduate legal studies degree

Your legal expertise can help your organization thrive. The legal system touches professions far beyond the practice of law. Every industry must comply with legal rules, regulations, and laws—and those industries need professionals adept at navigating that terrain.

With Hamline's online Master in the Study of Law, you'll combine the foundational training of an ABA-approved paralegal certificate with specific, in-depth study in a legal area of your choice. You can earn your paralegal certificate, develop a nuanced understanding of how the law and legal system impact your work, and gain skills including:

  • Competence in foundational areas of law, including the structure, components, and function of the legal system
  • Deep understanding of legal authorities' rules and reasoning and the ability to apply them in a variety of legal settings
  • Advocacy, problem solving, and collaboration in legal matters, including formal and informal disputes
  • Expertise in conflict resolution, education law and compliance, litigation support, professional practice management, and social justice

My MSL education has given me new perspectives as a thought leader and innovative ideas to apply at my organization. It’s been an invigorating and interesting program to be a part of."



Hamline Student Brian Tolkkinen

Master in the Study of Law program details

Find the perfect balance between work and school The first five courses are offered fully online, with virtual classes once a week, 7 to 8:30 p.m. CST. The remaining four courses are fully online.
Start sooner You can apply and begin the program any term, including summer term.
Finish faster Students enrolled full-time (8 credits per term) can finish the paralegal certificate portion of the MSL in one year or less. Students enrolled full-time can complete the master's degree in as few as 18 months.
Already have your paralegal certificate? Earn your master’s degree in just 12 months with the flexibility and convenience of an online program.


Explore how we make your master's degree affordable

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Your Master in the Study of Law is a cost-effective investment for you and your organization with affordable tuition at our prestigious, private, nonprofit university.

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Your education could become even more affordable. Find out if you are eligible for one of several scholarships or tuition discounts.

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Financial aid

We want you to thrive just as much as you do, without breaking the bank. Explore our competitive financial aid options for your master’s degree. 

The 20-credit core graduate paralegal certificate is approved by the American Bar Association for the training of paralegals. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to clients or to the public, except as permitted by law. Neither the paralegal certificate nor Master in the Study of Law degree qualify the recipient to sit for the bar examination or work as a lawyer.

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