Inside the Master of Science in Law: A Conversation with Dean Ellen Sampong, JD, and Associate Dean Bernadette Agaton, JD

Jun 5, 2013 by Tom Dellner

While it might not be as well-known as the Juris Doctor, CalSouthern’s Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree has proven to be an extremely popular program—and it’s popularity continues to grow.

Why? Well, it’s an exceptionally versatile degree. A wide variety of professionals—business executives, policy makers, human resource professionals, entrepreneurs and many others—see the value in the post-graduate study of law, but are not interested in practicing law as an attorney. They know that the master’s-level understanding of the law can help drive sound decision-making, as well as help them more effectively manage their legal teams. In addition, it’s a fantastic degree for those interested in entering or advancing in the legal field in litigation support, law-office administration or a number of other critical roles.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with California Southern University School of Law Dean Ellen Sampong and Associate Dean Bernadette Agaton—both JDs—to learn more about the MSL program. We discussed the curriculum, the faculty, the student-mentor relationship, the types of careers for which the MSL could be useful, as well as how to determine when the timing is right to pursue your degree, among other topics.

We hope you find the conversation engaging and informative:

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