Western Law

Master of Studies in Law (MSL)

The MSL is designed for students with a university degree in an area other than Law, who wish to gain a legal perspective on their own academic discipline or profession. Students and faculty alike are enriched by the interdisciplinary nature of this program.

The MSL can be taken either as a thesis-based program or a project based program. It can be completed full-time in 12 months or part-time in 24 months.

Please see our Graduate Admissions page for details of admission requirements and how to apply.

To complete the MSL program, the following is required:

  1. Law 9001: Approaches to Legal Scholarship;
  2. Law 9002: Guided Study and Research Methodology;
  3. Law 9003: Graduate Colloquium

and

for students in the thesis-based program:

  1. Completion of any two additional elective courses offered by the graduate program in law; and
  2. Approval of a thesis proposal and the writing and defence of a substantial thesis of publishable quality, carried out under faculty supervision.

for students in the project-based program:

  1. Completion of any four additional elective courses offered by the graduate program in law; and
  2. Completion of a Major Research Paper written under faculty supervision.
This degree does not qualify its students for entry into legal practice.