Master of Science in Law

Where STEM, Law, and Business Converge

MSL logoScience, engineering, and technology are increasingly driving the world economy. STEM professionals who understand and anticipate the legal, regulatory, and business implications of their work will be best prepared to lead the development of innovation and policy.

The unique MSL curriculum centers on the intersection of law, business, and technology, with specific focus areas in business law and entrepreneurship, intellectual property and patent design, and regulatory analysis and strategy. Courses are designed specifically for MSL students, and students have the flexibility to design course plans that fit their particular interests and professional goals.

MSL students greatly benefit from studying at one of the nation’s most prestigious law schools. Students have access to a highly successful alumni base, in addition to world-renowned faculty and broader Northwestern University resources. Northwestern Law is also a long-standing leader in curricular innovation, known for launching several other path-breaking programs. MSL students truly enjoy the best of both worlds: an innovative, new law degree awarded by an established, world-class law school.

Degree Formats

The MSL degree is offered in three formats:

Degree Duration
Residential Full-Time 9 months
Residential Part-Time 2-4 years
Online Part-Time 2-4 years

MSL Online Part-Time 

The MSL online program is designed for STEM professionals around the world who wish to advance their careers by deepening their understanding of law and business within the STEM context. The online MSL is a part-time program, which can be completed in two to four years. 

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