Suffolk to offer a masters in life sciences law

Suffolk University will offer a Master of Science in Law: Life Sciences (MSLL) degree with a curriculum that will prepare graduates to succeed in the fast-growing life sciences arena, including the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. 

Designed for professionals with business, law or science backgrounds, the MSLL curriculum will leverage the research, law and industry expertise of faculty from across Suffolk University, including its law school, Sawyer Business School and College of Arts & Sciences.

“We’re offering this new degree to give people the knowledge and skills they need to excel in the life sciences sector,” said Suffolk Law Dean Andrew Perlman. “That’s especially significant since it’s one of the fastest growing employment areas in the Greater Boston area.”

The MSLL curriculum, which is tailored to the unique background and experience of individual students, focuses on:

- Scientific and statistical principles relevant to biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors

- Drug development process and administrative regulation

- Regulatory compliance 

- Biotechnology business and the law 

The degree is designed for professionals working in the life sciences sector who want to expand their expertise; recent graduates transitioning into a growing field; or JD graduates and lawyers who require specialized knowledge in the life sciences industry.

Students can complete the degree full- or part-time at Suffolk’s downtown Boston campus with no GRE, GMAT or LSAT required. The MSLL is also STEM-designated, which means international students may qualify for an extended Optional Practical Training (OPT). 

The MSLL program is currently pending ABA acquiescence. Applications will be accepted starting in early 2020.