• Master in the Study of Law Program

    Program details - master’s law degree

    Hamline’s master’s degree provides legal education for paralegals, legal specialists, business and industry leaders, compliance experts, and other professionals who want to understand the legal system, but don’t want to practice law.

    Core courses (22 credits):

    • Foundations in Law (4 credits)*
    • Legal Writing and Research (4 credits)
    • Civil Litigation Survey and Procedure (4 credits)*
    • Transactions and Contracts in Business (4 credits)*
    • Regulation in America (4 credits)
    • Capstone (2 credits)

    Concentrations and electives (12 credits):

    Focus your studies in one of four concentrations to master a unique area of interest that will make you stand apart from the competition. All concentration courses are offered online unless noted with an asterisk.

    Conflict Resolution

    Understand how alternative legal processes and individual communication skills can be used to peacefully and effectively resolve disputes in organizations, communities, and across cultural and other differences.

    • Theories of Conflict (2 credits)
    • Negotiation (2 credits)
    • Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution (2 credits)
    • Designing Conflict Systems (2 credits)
    • and

    • Mediation and Arbitration (4 credits); or
    • Employment Law (4 credits)

    Litigation Support

    Gain advanced knowledge of civil trial practice to work in support roles in law firms, court administration, or jobs in corporations that routinely require litigation preparation and interaction with legal professionals.

    • Advanced Litigation Survey (4 credits)
    • E-discovery (4 credits)
    • and one of the following:

    • Employment Law (4 credits)
    • Family Law (4 credits)
    • Mediation and Arbitration (4 credits)

    Professional Practice Management

    Through a combination of business and legal courses, best understand and navigate the complex business and legal issues facing law firms and other professional practice groups and to lead the business side of those organizations.

    • Leading in Organizations (4 credits)*
    • Data Analytics and Decision Making (4 credits)
    • Employment Law (4 credits)

    Social Justice

    This concentration is for those interested in advocacy roles, activism, and the legal issues that impact individuals and disenfranchised or underrepresented communities.

    Choose three courses from the following:

    • Family Law (4 credits)
    • Immigration Law (4 credits)
    • Environmental Law and Justice (4 credits)
    • International Human Rights Law (4 credits)
    • Employment Law (4 credits)

    *denotes courses that are only offered on campus.
    †denotes areas that are only offered online.