Goes by several names: Master of Studies in Law, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Science in Law.
: "a master's degree offered by some law schools to students who wish to study the law but do not want to become attorneys."
I'd never heard of such a degree until recently -- is it present in the public consciousness? I read MBA or MFA and I have intuition for what those involve, but not so much MSL.
There are several reasons I don't want to pursue a J.D. (expense, length, opportunity cost, having no wish to practice
), but I do think it'd be useful to have some grounding in the law, if only to put a bound on what I don't know about it. And if I'm going to seek that grounding, then a credential to prove that I have it would make sense. But! If holding the credential is evidence that I'm a doofus
, then that's a bad deal. Almost all the information I can find about the degree is on the websites of law schools trying to sell it to me.
A name-brand law school near me is offering an MSL program, and I have the opportunity to study part-time through my employer for reduced tuition. It isn't cheap, but I can easily afford it. The education isn't relevant to my work; for me this would just be a step toward a liberal education. There may be some ancillary career benefit from the law smarts, but I'm not counting on that.
1. Do people know what this degree is?
2. Is there a perception that it is a waste of money / pointless
3. Should I apply to this program?