Emerging Leaders Program in Law

Earn a competitive edge through a first-of-its-kind partnership in the U.S. — established by the Wake Forest University School of Law online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Program and the Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program.

The Emerging Leaders Program in Law is a 36-month sequential degree program in which students first earn a Master of Studies in Law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law over the course of 12 months and in an online, asynchronous format. Students then earn a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies through the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Graduation for both programs will happen at the end of the MMS degree.

The cross-disciplinary initiative is designed to develop a future generation of PA leaders, who are prepared to transform the delivery of healthcare while navigating a complex legal regulatory landscape.

The core tenets of the ELP-Law program are:

  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation
  • Problem-based and action-oriented learning
  • Interprofessional education

Physician Assistant Besty Brais discusses how what she learned in the Master of Studies in Law program helps her practice medicine.
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Online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Curriculum

ELP-Law students will enroll in the online MSL Health Law and Policy Track with curriculum that is market-driven and developed by Wake Forest School of Law faculty in collaboration with industry leaders in health law and policy. The Wake Forest MMS in PA studies degree is grounded in student-centered learning theory, including the signature inquiry-based learning model. ELP-Law students must be in good academic standing with the MSL program in order to matriculate into the PA school. ELP-Law students may receive a total of 6 transfer credits of MMS coursework towards the MSL.

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Application Instructions

Candidates must apply and be accepted to both the MSL and MMS programs in advance of beginning the sequential degree. Interested candidates should complete the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application and indicate their interest for Emerging Leaders Program — Law on the Wake Forest School of Medicine supplemental portion of the application. Those who have expressed interest and have also met the admission criteria for the PA Program will be invited to interview for the Emerging Leaders Program and complete the MSL Program application process.

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First-in-the-Nation Partnership

Partnership between Wake Forest School of Law and School of Medicine provides physician assistants (PAs) competitive edge.

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Alumni Discount

Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistants (PA) Studies alumni may apply for an alumni discount of up to 20%.