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Online MSL FAQs

Below is a collection of frequently asked questions from prospective students. If your question is not adequately answered below, please contact us at msl@wfu.edu.

Q: Who teaches MSL classes?
A: Classes are taught by Wake Forest Law Full-Time Faculty in collaboration with business and industry leaders in the relevant field. Students benefit from team teaching in a real-world centered curriculum.

Q: Will I be taking regular JD classes in the MSL program?
A: No, the MSL’s distinctive courses are designed specifically for and uniquely tailored to working professionals who need to better understand the law to more efficiently and effectively manage risks.  Students take all classes with their cohort and MSL peers, not with JD candidates or students in other law programs who seek a different type of legal training.

Q: When may I start the MSL?
A: There are MSL start dates in January, May and August each year.

Q: When are applications accepted?
A: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the year.

Q: Are standardized test scores required or recommended?
A: No, standardized test scores are neither required nor recommended.  While you may submit scores, applicants who do not are not disadvantaged in any way.

Q: How quickly can I complete the MSL?
A: Designed for working professionals to complete on a part-time basis, the MSL may be completed in as little as 21 months (five consecutive semester, including summer school).

Q: How many courses must a student complete in order to earn the MSL degree?
A: The MSL is a 30-credit hour degree; most courses are 3 credits, although some may be one or two credits.  Students may, with previous, relevant graduate-level work, transfer up to 6 credits with approval.  Others may complete up to six hours in a capstone course.

Q: How much does the MSL cost?
A: The MSL is $900 per credit hour for a total 30-hour program cost of $27,000.  Students transferring previous graduate-level work do not have to pay the credit hour fee for transfer credit.

Q: Is financial aid available for the MSL?
A: Yes, qualifying students may receive financial aid.  More information is available here.

Q: What is asynchronous online learning?  Are there required dates and times when I must log into to each course?
A: The MSL courses are taught asynchronously through our learning management system.  This means students may schedule their work independent of time and place.  Courses are divided into modules, or units, and students progress through units each week. There will be regular assignment due dates, peer collaboration, professor interaction and feedback.  Courses include pre-recorded videos and podcasts created and produced by the teaching professor and assignments focus on solving real-world problems.

Q: Will the MSL degree allow me to practice law as a licensed attorney?
A: No. The MSL program offers students who have an interest or experience in a law-related career path – but who don’t necessarily want (or need) a JD or to become a practicing lawyer – a chance to be exposed to core legal concepts.

Q: Will MSL coursework count towards a JD degree?
A: No. The American Bar Association prohibits law schools from granting credit for any coursework in the MSL program completed prior to enrollment in a JD program.

Q: Is the MSL degree accredited?
A: Yes. The program has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting body for non-JD graduate law programs. In addition, the MSL program has received formal “acquiescence” by the ABA Section of Legal Education, the accrediting body for our JD professional law program.