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    Master in the Study of Law

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  • Law isn't just for lawyers.

    Named a 2022 "Best Online Master of Studies in Law Program" by The Princeton Review

    Work that involves the legal system touches many professions beyond the immediate practice of law. In fact, every industry must comply with legal rules, regulations, and laws—and those industries all need professionals adept at navigating that legal terrain.

    With Hamline's online Master in the Study of Law, you can combine the foundational training of an ABA-approved paralegal certificate with specific, in-depth study in a legal area of your choosing to give you a highly nuanced understanding of how the law and legal system impact your work.

    With an online Master in the Study of Law from Hamline, you will:

    • Achieve competence in key foundational areas of law, including knowledge of the structure, components, and functioning of the legal system.
    • Acquire a deep understanding of the rules and reasoning contained in legal authorities, as well as the ability to apply them to a variety of legal situations.
    • Become a keen advocate, collaborator, and problem-solver in legal matters, including formal and informal disputes.
    • Earn your paralegal certificate.
    • Master the skills and knowledge of a specific area:

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    Master in the Study of Law Program Overview

    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 little as 18 months.

    Start sooner

    Begin your master's degree program in February, June, or September.

    Balance work and school

    Courses are offered fully online, with virtual classes one day per week, 7-8:30 p.m. CST. 

  • Courses

    Courses focusing on topics such as Foundations in Law and Transactions and Contracts in Business give you the best preparation to achieve your competitive and professional edge.

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  • Affordable Tuition

    Earn your master’s degree at a price you can afford. Learn more about tuition and fees for your master’s degree.

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  • Hybrid or On Campus

    You choose the the option that’s right for you with the flexibility to change as you move through the program. Take courses online or on campus.

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  • Scholarships

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

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  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.

    Please note

    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.