The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) is a very small program designed for established academics and scholars who work and write in a discipline related to law, and who wish to acquire a knowledge of law in order to add a legal dimension to scholarship in their own discipline.

Applicants should hold a graduate degree, ideally a doctorate, from a recognized university and should have demonstrated a high level of scholarship in a discipline related to law. Applicants often undertake this degree while on leave from their academic appointment.


Candidates attend the law school full-time for one eight-month session, beginning in September. During this time, a candidate pursues a course of studies approved by the Faculty and the Degree Committee of the School of Graduate Studies. This course of studies comprises 28 credits, and includes at least three of the following first-year law subjects: contracts, torts, property, criminal law, constitutional law, and civil procedure.

Candidates in the MSL program also complete a research project of an interdisciplinary nature during their studies at the law school.

The MSL and LLM programs are not bridges to the JD program, and applicants should not take these degrees with the expectation that course credits will be transferable to any other program.


Graduate students choose their other courses from those available in the JD program, which are posted on-line in the summer. Students may also enroll in other graduate courses in other faculties of the university in certain cases. The selection of courses is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean.

Graduate Faculty

The graduate faculty consists of the full-time faculty of the law school.

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