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The MSLA program requires 30 semester hours of credit. The program is fully ONLINE. The degree may be earned full time in two online semesters, plus a summer term, in which the student completes a managed externship/creative project, or part time and finishing in 2 – 4 years followed by a managed externship/creative project. The managed externship/creative project provides MSLA students with the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired during the duration of the coursework and oftentimes becomes their first job after graduation. Students who are working in the legal industry may service the externship requirement in their job by undertaking a special creative project. All courses are available online and there is no residency requirement.
Once admitted to the MSLA program, students choose from one of three concentrations:
- Law Firm Administration Concentration
- Court Administration Concentration
- International Court Administration Concentration
Legal Administration Certificate
- The Certificate Program is designed to provide an academic credential, conferred at the College of Law graduation, for persons who are not candidates for the Master of Science in Legal Administration (MSLA) degree.
- Students take courses to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the following areas: law firm administration, court administration or international court administration. The Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of a wide variety of MSLA courses. The program allows for flexibility; enrolled students may design the certificate curriculum to suit their individual needs. Practicing administrators are encouraged to apply for candidacy. A bachelor’s degree is required for the certificate.
- The Certificate in Law Firm Administration, Court Administration or International Court Administration requires completion of 18 semester hours and may be completed in class, online, or a combination of both.
- Course plans for certificates can be found here.
The Certificate option allows students to choose one unique concentration:
- Court Administration
- Law Firm Administration
- International Court Administration
Advanced Standing MSLA
- The Advanced Standing MSLA is available to current and graduated Juris Doctor students.
- Advanced Standing students complete 27 credit hours rather than the 30 semester hours required in the traditional MSLA program. The Advanced Standing students are exempt from taking the following classes:
- Research and Writing for the Legal Administrator
- Introduction to the US Judicial System
- Like the MSLA, all classes may be completed online. Students also choose from three concentrations: Law Firm Administration, Court Administration and International Court Administration.
- Course plans for the Advanced Standing MSLA can be found here.
JD and MSLA Dual Degree
- The MSLA program blends well with the JD degree. In the dual degree program, students may first complete the MSLA coursework and then, once admitted, begin the J.D.; or, the law student seeking a dual degree must first take the first year of JD classes in their entirety, then MSLA classes may be interspersed with second and third year JD coursework. The dual degree program can be completed in three and a half years. As a dual degree program within the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the student receives a cross-credit allowance of 10 credits toward the JD degree.
SOLO Small Practice Management Certificate
- The Solo and Small Practice Management Certificate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law provides attorneys with the necessary business skills and knowledge to open and operate a legal practice. This program helps attorneys bridge the gap between lawyering and operating a solo or small legal practice. The 16 semester-credit hour certificate can be completed in one year and will cover all aspects of operating a law practice and a business, including but not limited to: client service and relationship management, trust accounts, accounting processes, marketing, law practice administration, business development, social media, and billing and fees.
Please contact the Graduate Legal Studies Department at (303) 871-6249 or email@example.com to discuss a curriculum plan.