A Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) and Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree are both intended for individuals who do not have a law degree. They are different names for the same program depending on what designation is used by the university. They are best suited for individuals who want to obtain legal knowledge, but don’t want to become practicing lawyers (at this time).

Notably, in New York State, the M.L.S. degree is officially recognized only for a Master of Library Science and not for any other degree, such as a Master of Legal Studies.

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the degree needed to practice law.

A Master of Laws (LL.M.) allows you to focus on a specific area of law after having already obtained your first law degree. This degree is applicable for individuals who already have a J.D. This degree is also applicable to international lawyers (lawyers who got their law degree outside of the U.S.).

Cardozo School of Law offers two M.S.L. degrees:

  • M.S.L. in Cybersecurity, Data and Privacy Law
  • M.S.L. in Labor and Employment Law

Data privacy allows individuals to decide how their data is shared with third parties and how it is stored.

Cybersecurity is the way we protect systems and networks from cyberattacks.

Employment law is the area of law that governs the relationship between an employee and their employer.

The M.S.L. programs at Cardozo Law will allow you to enhance your understanding of law at the state, federal and international levels without becoming a lawyer. The skills you gain from a specialized M.S.L. program will make you an asset in present and future roles.

The average time to completion is two years (or six terms). Students have up to five years to complete the degree.

Though the program is rigorous, it was also designed to be completed while you work.

Synchronous classes are held between Monday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET and are recorded for on-demand access.

We encourage students to attend as many synchronous sessions as possible as it gives them the ability to work with their peers, ask questions and participate in discussions. As stated above, if you are unable to attend sessions, all synchronous classes are recorded.

We do not allow any transfer credits.