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Cornell Law Launches New Online Master’s Program

Cornell Law School has a new online master’s program that teaches the language of the law.

The Master of Science in Legal Studies (MSLS) program was officially launched in late June. The program is designed to help full-time business professionals develop a deeper knowledge of legal issues and concepts connected to their fields, the Cornell Chronicle reports. The program is currently accepting applications for its January inaugural cohort of students.

“This program teaches people the language of law,” Sital Kalantry, clinical professor of law and faculty director of the MSLS program, tells the Cornell Chronicle. “It’s for business professionals who want to know the key concepts of U.S. law, how to navigate potential opportunities and pitfalls for their business, and when to look for additional resources.”


The program specifically seeks out individuals who are involved in contracts and business development, finance, regulatory compliance, human resources, corporate governance, risk management, cybersecurity, immigration, intellectual property, and privacy.

“The MSLS is designed to be useful to almost anyone who’s interacting with the law in any number of contexts,” Eduardo M. Peñalver, the Allan R. Tessler Dean of Cornell Law School, tells the Cornell Chronicle. “It’s like an MBA for law.”


The program will be hosted online and lasts 20 months, with 15-20 hours of study per week.

Designed to help students develop a sense of how the law works, courses will focus on topics ranging from contracts and negotiations to corporate governance and compliance, to name a few. Additionally, students can take electives that focus on topics such as finance, health care, technology, and privacy.

“We will give students an understanding of the legal regulations relevant to their business, where to find them and why they say what they say,” Kalantry tells the Cornell Chronicle. “We think it will make them more effective in their jobs.”

Sources: Cornell Chronicle, Cornell Law School