Law, MSL

for the Master of Studies in Law

dean of the college: Vikram David Amar
associate dean for graduate and international programs: Margareth Etienne
correspondence and admission information: Kelly Salefski, Office of Graduate and International Legal Studies

college website:

college faculty: Law Faculty

college address: 244 Law Building, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-6066


A bachelor’s degree is required for admission, and admission will be granted to a limited number of students on a competitive application basis.

Graduate Degree Programs in the College of Law

Master of Laws, LLM


Corporate Law, Commercial Law, & Trade|Criminal Law|Intellectual Property & Technology Law|International & Comparative Law|Justice, Democracy, & Legal Rights|Regulation, Sustainability, & Compliance|US Legal Practice Skills

Master of Studies in Law

Doctor of the Science of Law

Law, JD
Joint Degrees with the Law, JD:

Chemistry, MS|Computer Science, MCS|Human Resources and Industrial Relations, MHRIR|Journalism, MS|Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, MS|Political Science: Civic Leadership, MA|Political Science, PhD|Urban Planning, MUP|


The Graduate College admission requirements and English language proficiency requirements apply. In addition for the LL.M. program, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement is 80 internet-based. Students are not required to take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students are admitted on an individual basis according to a review of their prior accomplishments with an emphasis on academic achievement. Admission is generally made for the fall semester only.

Financial Aid

Applicants to the College of Law graduate programs are welcome to apply for scholarship assistance. Scholarships typically are awarded to applicants with a combination of excellent academic and professional credentials and proven financial need. Awards usually provide part of tuition and do not cover living expenses. There are always more qualified applicants than there are funds available. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to explore alternative sources of funding.

for the Master of Studies in Law

The elective hours can be any graduate-level Law course offered by the College of Law, pursuant to a plan of study formulated in consultation with the college’s academic advisors. Law credits earned in the M.S.L. program will not count toward the minimum credit hours required for the J.D. degree.

For additional details and requirements refer to the College of Law's graduate degree requirements and the Graduate College Handbook.

LAW 609Legal Writing & Analysis2
LAW 627Legal Research1
Select two of the following:8
Criminal Law
Constitutional Law I
Civil Procedure
Completion of the Upper-Level Writing Requirement2
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
A faculty supervised research paper is required
Minimum GPA: 2.75