MSLA Program Concentrations
The MSLA Law Firm Administration concentration educates students on how to manage and operate a law firm or legal organization as a business. By blending studies of political science, business and management as it applies to the legal field, and with exposure to legal culture, students in the MSLA Program will explore all aspects of the management and operations of a law firm.
Graduates of the Law Firm Administration concentration find both specialized and generalist positions in law firms. Students accept positions as human resources management directors, practice area marketing specialists, marketing directors, training specialists, networking managers, etc. The flexibility of the Law Firm Administration concentration also enables students to take specialized courses depending on their areas of interest, which then qualifies students to some of the more specialized positions.
The MSLA Program strives to improve the quality of justice through the education and training of the profession that manages, develops and operates courts and legal organizations. Courts are complex legal systems, undergoing rapid change. A thorough understanding of the development and process of the legal system is necessary to keep up with ever-changing trends. The MSLA Program prepares students for the management, leadership and operation of such a system by blending studies of business management and exposure to the legal culture.
Graduates of the Court Administration concentration go into supervisory positions in civil or criminal case management, finance, information technology, jury management, customer service management, Chief Deputy, Court Administrator or Clerk of Court. The flexibility of the Court Administration curriculum enables students to take specialized courses depending on their area of interest, which then qualifies students to some of the more specialized positions.
The dynamic field of legal administration has experienced rapid worldwide growth. Throughout the international community, legal administrators strive to ensure legal systems operate effectively and interact constructively within their respective societies. Effective training for this dynamic profession combines business management strategies with approaches tailored to meet the unique needs of legal institutions.
The MSLA program has responded to the increased international demand for access to the inner workings of the MSLA program and for international court administration services. We encourage professionals from throughout the world to take advantage of our long history of excellence in the education of legal administrators.
To accommodate international participants, in addition to the traditional MSLA degree, the program now offers an expanded curriculum. The expanded curriculum exposes participants to court systems throughout the world, to strategies for implementation of effective legal administration in a variety of contexts and to the opportunity to engage in strategic and fiscal planning unique to the participant’s country. To increase international access, the program also has developed a variety of certificates in legal administration that participants can acquire entirely through on-line courses.
Fostering a Global Perspective
Mimi Furnadzhieva came to the U.S. and the MSLA program from Bulgaria, where she is a justice of the supreme court of cessation. Furnadzhieva’s experience and input helped shape the current ICA concentration. Furnadzhieva, a 2006 graduate of the MSLA program, was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) program, whose goal is to educate former Communist countries in the fields of justice, health care, business and environmental issues. Furnadzhieva’s ultimate goal in coming to the program was to encourage the Bulgarian court system to meet the standards set by courts in the European Union. In addition to her judgeship, Mimi was a trainer for the National Institute of Justice in Bulgaria, which is responsible for the initial and continued training of judges and court personnel. The Administration of Justice, according to the Judicial System Act in Bulgaria, is divided between the presiding judges and court administrators; because the field of court administration is still in its initial stages in Bulgaria, there are only three (staffed) court administrator positions in the entire country. In an effort to remedy this, the National Institute of Justice is currently trying to create two new educational programs, one for court administrators and another for presiding judges.