M.S.L. Degree Requirements


To qualify for the M.S.L. degree, students must:

  • complete the first year of the J.D. program (27 units); please see the Yale Law School Bulletin for information about the first year of the J.D. program.
  • complete the four required courses of the first term of the J.D. program (Constitutional Law I, Contracts I, Criminal Law and Administration I, Procedure I); M.S.L. students may substitute an elective for one of these four courses.
  • complete at least 10 graded units of the 12 units required in the second term of the program (the second term is entirely elective and affords opportunities for independent research and clinical experience, in addition to regular courses and seminars).

With approval, M.S.L. students may earn up to six units of credit in Yale University courses outside of the Law School to be counted toward the M.S.L. degree.

Participants in the M.S.L. program are not eligible for subsequent admission to the J.D. program at Yale Law School.

Yale Law School Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress