Northwestern Law takes its MSL degree online

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law is taking its campus-based Master of Science in Law degree online in 2018. The move will open up the business-centered legal training program for more working professionals with science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds. 

Northwestern Law’s MSL explores the intersection between business, law and technology. For STEM professionals, the degree is a way to deepen their understanding of the law and business within the STEM context. The Chicago law school is hopeful that the online format will make the degree more accessible to STEM professionals around the globe. 

“The MSL residential program has continued to grow, with more applicants and students each year,” said Northwestern Law Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez. “Its graduates are pursuing excellent opportunities across a variety of industries, including education, engineering, finance and consulting, in addition to law and entrepreneurial endeavors. It is now clear there exists a substantial market for this degree.” 


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The campus-based MSL degree was launched in 2014. There are currently 106 students enrolled in the program. Students are able to take a variety of courses that cover business law and entrepreneurship, intellectual property and patent design and regulatory analysis and strategy.

Students in the online MSL program will have access to the same classes, and the application process, admissions standards, academic requirements and curriculum will be consistent with the on-campus program. 

“Our faculty are working closely with experts from Northwestern University Information Technology to thoughtfully redesign the MSL courses for the online environment, taking advantage of the new format to create rich and varied learning experiences,” said Professor Leslie Oster, director of the MSL program.

The decision to bring the MSL program online is a part of Northwestern Law’s commitment to bringing innovation to legal education and complements the Law School’s many curricular and programming initiatives at the intersection of law, business and technology, according to a press release.

“The online format will expand the Law School’s ability to educate the next generation of leaders in this multi-disciplinary space,” Rodriguez said.


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Tyler Roberts is an editor for The National Jurist. You can follow him on Twitter at @wtylrroberts


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