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RWU Law has 27 active student groups, including Maritime Law Society, Association for Public Interest Law and Multicultural Law Students Association, which allow students to get involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and hear from speakers on a multitude of topics.

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Who will benefit from the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree?

The Master of Studies in Law program is designed for students who want to bring formal legal training and knowledge to their work or whose job prospects would improve if they added that knowledge and those skills to their resume.  Anyone who works or would like to work regularly with lawyers or with laws and regulations could benefit from the MSL program. It is designed for anyone who could benefit from  a formal understanding of the law but  does not need the three-year JD degree.

What are the degree requirements?

The MSL degree will be awarded upon completion of 30 semester credit hours. MSL students will be eligible to enroll in first year and upper-level courses. All MSL students are required to take Introduction to the Study of Law, a 1L required course, and a capstone/directed research course.

Can you practice law with an MSL degree?

No. If you want to practice law, a JD degree is required.

What is the tuition for the MSL Program?

Tuition for the MSL program is $977 per credit.

Are there fees associated with the MSL Program?

Yes, MSL students pay the same fees as JD students.

Are MSL students eligible for financial aid?

Yes. MSL students are eligible for student loans in any semester in which they are taking 5 credits of course work.

Is the MSL a full-time or part-time program?

MSL students can attend on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Do MSL students take regular law school courses during the MSL program?

Yes. With the exception of the Introduction to the Study of Law, the courses students take in the MSL program are courses attended by students in the JD Program.

Will MSL students be assigned a faculty advisor to help select courses?

Yes, all MSL students will be assigned a faculty advisor.

Does the MSL program help me get into a JD program?

No. The MSL program is not intended to prepare students for the JD program.

Can credits from the MSL Program transfer to the JD Program?

No. Under ABA regulations, credits from the MSL program cannot count towards a JD degree.

Can credits transfer into the MSL Program?

J.D. credits earned within the last five years are eligible to transfer into the MSL program.  However, credits are eligible for transfer only if the applicant earned a grade of C or higher in the course, and under no circumstances will more than 15 credits be accepted towards satisfying the requirements of the MSL degree.

Can graduate level course work outside of RWU Law count towards the MSL Degree?

Students may take up to 6 credits in Roger Williams University‚Äôs Graduate School Programs that may count towards the MSL degree provided that prior approval is obtained from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the MSL Program Director.  The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or Program Director will help you determine the appropriateness of taking RWU graduate level courses.

Will course work from other undergraduate or graduate schools be considered for credit toward the MSL degree?

No. Credits from prior undergraduate or graduate school study will not be accepted toward the completion of the MSL degree.

How do applicants educated outside of the United States submit transcripts for the MSL Program?

Applicants educated outside of the United States are required to submit an official evaulation of all foreign credentials and the evaluations must included a course by course evaluation. Applicants may use any foreign credential serice that is a member of NACES,, however we recommend the WES transcript evaluation .