Student Experience

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.

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.

Please reach out to us at or 336-758-5906.


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:

Ellen Murphy

Professor Ellen Murphy

Ellen Murphy developed the online Master of Studies in Law program and served as inaugural director. An online legal ethics teacher for over a decade, Ellen teaches The Unauthorized Practice of Law in the MSL program.

Steve Nickle

Professor Steve Nickles

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

Professor Alan Palmiter

Alan Palmiter has a national and international reputation as a professor and scholar of business law, and he teaches Business Law & Literacy in the MSL Program. 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.

Ron Wright

Professor Ron Wright

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 program.

Bryan Arkwright

Bryan Arkwright

Bryan Arkwright, managing consultant at Schumacher Clinical Partners, is a nationally recognized telehealth expert. An Editorial Board member of the peer reviewed Telehealth and Medicine Today, Bryan frequently teaches, speaks, and writes on industry trends. He teaches Telemedicine in the MSL program.

Wayne McChesney

Wayne McChesney

Wayne McChesney is a Senior Vice-President, Assistant General Counsel with the Wells Fargo & Company Legal Department where he leads the ERISA, Benefits and Retirement Section. An honors graduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, Wayne teaches Compensation and Benefits in the MSL program.

Brad Grider

Brad Grider

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 program.

Chad Hansen

Chad Hansen

Chad Hansen, a litigator at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, represents clients in class actions and healthcare, ERISA, and complex commercial matters. A former in-house lawyer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Chad co-teaches Paying for Healthcare in the MSL program.

Deanna Lindquist

Deanna Lindquist

Deanna Lindquist has over 25 years of in-house counsel experience, with a concentration on employment law, along with third party contracts and technology transactions, legal entity governance and corporate strategic transactions. Deanna co-teaches Legal Foundations in the MSL program.

Brad Roehrenbeck

Brad Roehrenbeck

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 Healthcare in the MSL program.

Reid Whitten

Reid Whitten

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 program.

Bethany Corbin

Professor Bethany Corbin

Bethany Corbin, Director of the Master of Studies in Law program is an experienced complex litigation and regulatory compliance attorney in health care, pharmaceutical, technology, and telecommunications. Bethany teaches Healthcare Compliance and The Business of Healthcare in the MSL program.

State-of-the-Art Online Learning

The MSL courses are taught asynchronously through the Canvas learning management system, allowing you to schedule your coursework independent of time and place. You will progress through weekly units and assignments, unmatched peer collaboration, and ongoing professor interaction and feedback. Courses include pre-recorded videos and podcasts created and produced by the teaching professor, with assignments focused on solving current, real-world legal issues.

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