• Master in the Study of Law

    Law isn't just for lawyers.

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

    With Hamline’s Master in the Study of Law, you can get a paralegal certificate and specific, in-depth legal knowledge in an area of your choosing, providing you a highly nuanced understanding of how your work is affected by the legal system.

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

    • Achieve competence in key foundational areas of U.S. law, including knowledge of the structure, components, and functioning of the U.S. 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 in a specific area:

    Program Overview

    Format: Hybrid; with many courses available online, students can take courses both online and on campus for maximum flexibility and convenience.

    Program starts: February, June, September

    Time to complete:

    • Students enrolled full-time (8 credits per term) can finish the paralegal certificate portion of the MSL in 1 year or less.
    • Students enrolled full-time can complete the master’s degree in as little as 18 months.

    Program Details: 34 credits

    For an overview of the required coursework and concentration options, explore course information and program details.

    Cost: View current tuition rates.

    Scholarships: Students enrolled in the Master in the Study of Law may be eligible for scholarships and other tuition discounts.

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    This program is approved by the American Bar Association for training paralegals. This program does not qualify recipients for the practice of law.


  • *Hamline University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), maintains an affiliation and collaborative relationship with Mitchell | Hamline School of Law, an autonomous law school created by the combination of Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law and which is separately accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).