The MSL Program

How it Works: CalSouthern’s Master of Science in Law Program


CalSouthern’s Master of Science in Law is a 36-credit program and courses are eight weeks in length. Coursework is conducted entirely online, via CalSouthern’s proprietary online learning center. The program typically takes two years to complete, but with maximum transfer credits and by taking courses simultaneously, students can complete the program in as few as 10 months.

The Curriculum

CalSouthern’s curriculum closely tracks the core subjects that comprise traditional law programs, including torts, contracts, constitutional law, immigration law, international law and intellectual property, among many others.

Online Learning with Faculty Mentors

You will work one-on-one with a faculty mentor for each course. A currently practicing attorney and dedicated educator, your mentor will grade your assignments (submitted online) and exams, giving you ample feedback. They are also available by phone and email to quickly respond to all your questions.

Advisors and Student Support

Before you begin your first course, your academic advisor will provide you with a thorough orientation that will teach you everything you need to know about online learning at CalSouthern’s School of Law. Your advisor will work closely with you every step of the way on your academic journey to answer any questions you might have, keep you on track, resolve any issues you encounter and even just to provide encouragement. You will also be supported by a learner success advisor, an expert library staff and an IT support team.

Unique Benefits of the CalSouthern Master of Science in Law:

  • No group projects, mandatory log-ins or Socratic method—study on your own schedule, around your busy work and professional lives
  • CalSouthern is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)—regional accreditation is the most prestigious and recognized form of accreditation in the U.S.
  • Unlike traditional law schools where your grade is based solely on a high-pressure final exam, you will have graded assignments throughout each course so that you can receive detailed feedback and gain confidence with the material along the way
  • Personal mentoring from practicing attorneys
  • Access to CalSouthern’s state-of-the-art online library and dedicated law library, including law’s most popular research databases, Westlaw and LexisNexis

California Bar Classification

Students are sometimes surprised to learn that the CalSouthern School of Law is categorized by the California Committee of Bar Examiners as a “correspondence law school” rather than a “distance-learning law school.” This is because the committee mandates that distance-learning law schools require students to attend at least 135 hours of live online courses each year. CalSouthern believes that requiring students to attend courses at specific dates and times would cause undue hardship, given that its students are typically working professionals who need the flexibility to do their coursework whenever their busy schedules allow. Therefore, the university has elected to be classified as a “correspondence law school.”

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