Law graduates and legal practitioners with busy schedules will be glad to know that an online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program will soon be offered by Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, pending the approval of SACSCOC. This post-graduate course can be taken entirely online and will be accomplished in a matter of 48 months. This means students will need to complete only two classes each semester, allowing them more time for their careers.
Another thing that will attract potential students to Samford's MSL is that it can be taken even by non-lawyers who have an interest in obtaining a graduate degree in law. Practicing attorneys may also enroll but they apply for an advanced standing, which will effectively reduce the credits students will normally be required to take.
It is set to launch in fall of 2018 but those interested should start preparing their applications and requirements as they will soon be accepted for consideration. Those who will enroll in the new MSL may take any of the four concentrations offered, namely:
- Financial Services Regulatory Compliance;
- Health Law and Policy;
- Legal Project Management; or.
- Higher Education Law and Compliance.
Samford's Cumberland Law School also offers another Master of Laws degree, its Master of Comparative Law (MCL) program which is particularly ideal for law graduates, judges, attorneys, legal educators and prosecutors from foreign countries. The program is designed to provide students with education on US law and the US legal system/culture.
Students who will take the MCL will need to spend two summers of the program at Cumberland's Birmingham campus in Alabama. Students may opt to attend part of this class in Cambridge, England in Samford's study-abroad program. Through its partnership with Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, MCL students may spend 5 weeks of the program in England to give them the opportunity to gain an international legal perspective and make first-hand comparisons of the EU, US and UK law.