Our online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program embraces the Wake Forest University School of Law culture of community and collaboration. As an MSL student, you will also benefit from a variety of educational and professional partnerships, as well as a breadth and depth of university resources.
Our world-renowned faculty and dedicated professional staff enrich your MSL student experience. Our hands-on team of MSL program decision-makers are available to you — from your very first interaction with the program — and throughout your studies.
Ellen is an expert in online instructional design and a Wake Forest School of Law graduate.
Wake Forest School of Law MSL Team members in admissions, financial aid, and the IT departments are also readily available to you as an MSL student, providing hands on assistance, from wherever you are located.
Wake Forest School of Law faculty teach the MSL core curriculum and co-teach in many of the professional track electives, so students benefit from team teaching in a real-world-centered curriculum. MSL faculty are not only teacher-scholars, but are committed to staying abreast of the latest real-world applications of the law in the workplace.
All MSL professors are experienced online teachers who create and produce original course content, including pre-recorded videos and podcasts. Professors are accessible and available throughout the week, including after work hours. Meet just a few of our exceptional MSL faculty:
A former Department of Justice prosecutor, Ron Wright is one of the nation's best known criminal justice scholars. As a recognized expert in administrative law and regulatory matters, Professor Wright co-teaches Public Law in the MSL.
Vanessa Zboreak teaches a wide range of courses at Wake Forest School of Law, including the Public Law course with the MSL program. She also teaches in Wake Forest University's Master of Arts in Sustainability program.
Steve Garland began teaching full-time at Wake Forest School of Law after 25 years in private commercial law practice. A former undergraduate business law teacher, Professor Garland teaches the Legal Foundations course.
Steve Nickles, recognized across the country as an outstanding scholar and professor in the fields of business and commercial law, teaches Private Law in the MSL program. A former advisor on academic technology to the country's leading legal publisher, Professor Nickles has been teaching online for nearly 20 years.
Alan Palmiter has a national and international reputation as a professor and scholar of business law, and he teaches the MSL business law course. His research interests lie in corporate sustainability and corporate democracy, and he serves on the board of Wake Forest University's Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability.
Chris Coughlin is an award-winning teacher and law professor who also has appointments in the Wake Forest Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Translational Science Institute. A faculty member in the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health & Science, Professor Coughlin teaches Bioethics and Law in the MSL program.
Dr. Tomi Bryan, President of Point Compliance, is an experienced compliance professional, leadership consultant, online teacher, and lawyer. A Wake University School of Law graduate, Tomi teaches Detecting Wrongdoing Through Investigations, Monitoring, and Audits.
Brad Roehrenbeck is Vice President and General Counsel at MedCost, a benefits solutions company. He oversees and advises on evolving legal issues including the ACA, ERISA, HIPAA, state insurance laws, and other regulatory matters. Brad co-teaches Paying for Health Care.
Chad Hansen, a litigator at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, represents clients in class actions and health care, ERISA, and complex commercial matters. A former in-house lawyer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Chad co-teaches Paying for Health Care.
Reid Whitten, a Wake Forest University School of Law graduate, works with clients around the world to plan, prepare, and succeed in global business transactions. An experienced professor and Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin’s London office, Reid teaches International Compliance in the MSL.
Brad Grider, Director of Global Labor & NGO Relations at Hanesbrands Inc., has over 25 years of HR and labor relations experience. Brad’s experience includes union and non-union manufacturing settings and corporate environments, as well as international unions and non-governmental organizations. He teaches Labor Law in the MSL.
Camille Davidson, an experienced health care lawyer and former legislative counsel for the US House of Representatives, began teaching ten years ago. A consultant on children’s health and long-term care issues, Camille teaches The Business of Health Care in the MSL.
Karen Schaede, a partner at Connors Morgans, PLLC, is an experienced nurse turned health care lawyer. An expert in HIPAA, HITECH, anti-kickback laws, and the False Claims Act, Karen teaches Health Care Compliance in the MSL.