Master in the Study of Law

A World-Class Legal Education for Non-Lawyers

The University of Georgia School of Law Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) program provides an unparalleled educational opportunity for anyone seeking a greater understanding of the law, but not interested in becoming an attorney. We are proud to share that the M.S.L. can be completed in-person in Athens, online or a combination of the two.

In today's highly regulated, legislated, and litigated work environments, the knowledge gained through the M.S.L. program is a worthwhile investment in your future. While receiving the degree does not make you eligible to take the bar exam or practice law, it provides an advantage that can be leveraged for success across a broad range of industries.

  • 30 credit hour program provides a comprehensive overview of American law in areas including labor and employment, public policy, intellectual property, environmental policy, and healthcare.
  • Both full-time (one year) and part-time (up to three years) options are available.
  • Students learn from acclaimed faculty at one of the nation's top law schools.
  • U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. presently serves the law school's instructor in residence.
  • Course of study is designed to meet individual goals and needs.


Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree for foreign-trained lawyers

In 1973, Edward de Jaegher of Brussels, Belgium, became the first foreign-trained lawyer to earn a Master of Laws, or LL.M., degree at the University of Georgia School of Law. In the ensuing four decades, the law school and its Dean Rusk International Law Center have produced more than 500 LL.M. graduates, with ties to 75 countries and every continent in the world.

Our LL.M.s include judges and law firm partners, leaders in governments and in intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, CEOs and heads of corporate legal departments, and university professors and administrators. They form a valued part of the law school's vast network of more than 10,500 J.D., LL.M., and M.S.L. alumni and alumnae.

Along with our Dean, international arbitration expert Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge, all of us at the University of Georgia School of Law welcome you to apply now to join this storied tradition of global practice preparation.

Individualized education at a top U.S. law school

As a member of our select class of LL.M. students, you will pursue a one-year, full-time plan of courses side by side with J.D. candidates, gaining exposure to diverse viewpoints on a range of legal issues. You'll follow a flexible curriculum tailored to your own career goal, whether it is preparation to sit for a U.S. bar examination, pursuit of a Concentration affording advancement in your home country's legal profession or academic institutions, or something else.

You will benefit from the superb resources of a highly ranked law school in the heart of a top-20 public university: renowned faculty; research facilities like the Alexander Campbell King Law Library, as well as the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations at the Dean Rusk International Law Center; experiential learning opportunities; professional development and career preparation; and world-class lectures and conferences.

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