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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: 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. The MSL program is a liberal education in law.

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: Can I complete the MSL degree and then apply to law school for a three-year JD degree?
A: This is certainly possible, particularly for students who are unsure whether a three-year JD program leading to law practice is the right direction for them.

Q: Will having an MSL degree help or hurt my chances for admission to a JD program?
A: We anticipate that our law school, as well as other law schools, will view favorably an MSL degree (like any other graduate degree) earned before starting JD studies.

Q: How long does it take to get the MSL degree? And is there a part-time or distance option?
A: At this time, the MSL program is limited to residential students, but may be completed on either a full-time basis over two consecutive semesters (one academic year), or on a part-time basis over up to six semesters.

Q: Is the MSL program approved?
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.