University of Dayton School of Law Online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Program

The University of Dayton School of Law online Masters of Legal Studies (MSL) is ideal for individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree and do not want to practice law, but have a personal or professional interest in acquiring advanced knowledge of the U.S. legal system.The program is comprised of 30 credit hours of coursework. Students must also take at least four core courses, approved elective courses and one course that satisfies the MSL writing requirement. In addition, students may elect to pursue a certificate alongside their Masters Degree.

Certificates may be earned in one of four areas:

  • Applied Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Cyber Law
  • Intellectual Property Law

The MSL program may be completed on either a part time of full time basis. Full time students can complete the program in as little as 12 months. The program is is synchronous in that there is one class per week that is offered at a specific time that students must attend alongside their fellow students. However the remainder of the coursework is asynchronous. MSL candidates must complete a substantial legal research and writing paper in connection with a course or an independent study project supervised by a faculty member.

The online Masters of Legal Studies offers one concentration: Government Contracting and Procurement. Students will graduate with both a Project Management Certificate from the National Contract Management Association. The program is offered via a cohort model, so students will progress through the program in concert with their fellow students.

The University of Dayton School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association.

University of Dayton School of Law Online MSL Program: Overview

Program Name
Master of Studies in Law

Online Program Structure
No Campus Visits Required

Program Options

  • Part-time and Full-time
  • Synchronous (with some asynchronous content)

One concentrations is offered: Government Contracting & Procurement. On top of their degree, students can earn also the following certificates:

  • Applied Business Law Certificate
  • Criminal Law Certificate
  • Cyberlaw Certificate
  • Intellectual Property Law Certificate

Contact Information

Program Length
30 credits, 12 months for full time students

Admission Requirements

  • GRE Required, waived only in extreme circumstances
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Transcript
  • 2 References


Please contact the Program Coordinator to determine if the program is available for your state of residence.