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PREPARE TO LEAD. MSU Law helps both lawyers and non-lawyers to prepare for new leadership roles. In a competitive global job market, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to advance in your career.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR CURRICULUM. Our flexible curriculum allows you to work with leading experts to build specialized knowledge. We offer around 140 different elective courses every year in a wide range of fields.

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT. With faculty mentorships, personalized academic success programming, student wellness resources, and dedicated career services professionals, MSU Law helps students to succeed.

WORLD-CLASS OPPORTUNITIES. Our students collaborate with faculty and students from a global research institution. With half a million MSU alumni working around the world, you’ll find the Spartan network wherever you go.

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Personalize your education at MSU Law by choosing the educational path that’s right for you.
Program Objective For Location Length Bar Eligible? Earn a
Advanced Standing JD Apply your existing legal knowledge to a US practice setting. lawyers on campus 2 years yes JD
American Legal System Refine your legal English and Common Law knowledge for practicing law in your home country. lawyers & non-lawyers on campus 12-18 months yes LLM or MJ
Global Food Law Apply cutting-edge legal understanding of food law to your work in the global food industry. lawyers & non-lawyers online 2-5 years no LLM or MJ
Intellectual Property* Bring the core principles of US Intellectual Property practice to your home country. lawyers & non-lawyers on campus 12-18 months no LLM or MJ
Master of Legal Studies Gain critical legal skills to enhance a wide range of non-legal careers. non-lawyers on campus 9-36 months no MLS
Ottawa Program Earn US & Canadian JD degrees in just 4 years. non-lawyers on campus & in Ottawa 4 years total yes two JDs
Visiting Scholar Engage with in-depth study of a specific area of US legal study under the supervision of expert faculty. lawyers & non-lawyers on campus up to 12 months no non-degree program

* The curriculum for the Intellectual Property, Information and Communications Law graduate programs is being redesigned. Since these changes are taking place, the program is not accepting new students for the 2021-22 academic year. If you’re interested in being updated when the application is available again, please email us at grad.admissions@law.msu.edu and we’d be happy to chat with you about the changes the program is undergoing, and keep you updated about when we will reopen admissions. These changes impact ONLY the graduate (Master of Laws and Masters of Jurisprudence) programs, NOT the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program.