Master of Studies in Law

Master of Studies in Law in Ethics and Compliance

One-year Master's Degree | No LSAT Required

Colorado Law’s Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree in Ethics and Compliance is a one-year, 28-credit, no LSAT required program that enables students who hold at least an undergraduate degree to obtain legal training short of a full Juris Doctor (JD). A part-time option is also available for students who want to advance their education and obtain their degree with their existing employment.

Applications for 2018-19 will open October 1, 2017.

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About Ethics and Compliance

Ethics and compliance is an exciting field that has received increasing attention in recent years. If you've heard of the scandals at Wells Fargo, Volkswagen, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Penn State, or even Enron, then you've already gained some insight into the crucial need for robust ethics and compliance programs in a broad array of fields. Beginning in the mid-90s, and in response to incentives from the federal government to improve corporate accountability, the ethics and compliance field began to grow in prominence, particularly in the areas of:

  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Banking
  • Technology and Privacy
  • Sports and Athletics
  • International Trade
  • Manufacturing
  • Environment

Today, ethics and compliance professionals are key players in ensuring lawful and ethical organizational behavior. The MSL in Ethics and Compliance is designed to prepare prospective ethics and compliance officers in a wide variety of fields, including privacy/cybersecurity, health care, and financial services. 

Courses and Curriculum

All MSL students will take several MSL-specific courses as well as required and elective courses alongside JD students. In the fall, new MSL students will take courses that introduce them to the American legal system, help them develop their written and oral commmunication skills, and examine ethical cultures in organizations. See the full curriculum.

Look Inside the Program—Hear From Current MSL Students