The MSL is the first degree to combine legal, regulatory, business, and policy topics in an integrated curriculum that prepares students to make an impact and innovate within their respective STEM fields. MSL courses are designed specifically for this program; the curriculum allows MSL students great flexibility to design course plans that fit their particular interests and professional goals.

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Master of Science In Law


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Full-time Residential and Part-time Online Formats:
Fall 2023 Start

Final Deadline for International Students:

April 1, 2023

Final Deadline for Domestic Students:

June 1, 2023


Study at one of the nation’s leading law schools, with world-renowned faculty


Learn online or on-campus in downtown Chicago


Full-time (9 months) and part-time (2-4 years) options available


No GRE/GMAT/LSAT required

The MSL is specially designed for students with engineering, science, technology, mathematics, and medical backgrounds. This degree teaches graduates to communicate across disciplines, navigate the legal and regulatory structures that exist in STEM settings, bring ideas to market, and develop, protect, and manage IP. 

Students can choose from electives in a variety of subject areas, including:

  • Intellectual property
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Regulation and compliance
  • General business
  • Privacy 
  • Quantitative/data analysis
  • Health policy
  • Risk analysis
  • And more

MSL graduates bring their skills to a variety of job functions, including:

  • Project management
  • Policy development
  • Finance and venture analysis
  • Consulting 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product development
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Intellectual property management
  • Research and development
  • And more

Where STEM, Law, and Business Converge.

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The MSL program provides practical knowledge of legal and business concepts that can be combined with prior technical expertise to advance one’s career in an array of industries. I am leveraging my legal and regulatory knowledge to understand and shape the risk and control environment at Discover Financial.

— Antonia, MSL 2015, Lead Operational Risk Specialist, Discover Financial Services

As a medical student, I use the knowledge and skills I gained in the MSL program frequently. Whether the issues involve healthcare law, ethical decisions of patient care, improving the healthcare system, or using new technologies effectively, the MSL degree has given me a unique perspective and allowed me to make more informed decisions.

— John, MSL 2017, Resident, Northwestern Medicine

The MSL allowed me to become an interdisciplinary professional. I view problems from different perspectives, which really makes me stand out. I can integrate engineering principles and legal analysis at the same time. Not many engineers have this skill set.

— Scott, MSL 2016, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Microsoft