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Pacific McGeorge Launches Master of Science in Law

The accelerated MSL program is designed for professionals who desire advanced legal training but who do not need a JD degree.
May 3, 2013

Pacific McGeorge School of Law will launch a distinctive Master of Science in Law Program in its 2013-14 academic year. It will be a 26-unit program that can be completed full or part-time in one-to-two years, that builds upon Pacific McGeorge's strength in part-time legal education and in the fields of trial advocacy, health law, water resources law, and government law and public policy.

"Our MSL program reflects the wave of the future in legal education," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean of Pacific McGeorge. "The law industry is changing and many professionals need a broad legal background. Our new accelerated program will provide that foundation."

The accelerated Pacific McGeorge MSL program is designed for professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning and analysis but do not need a JD degree. Many highly regulated industries, state and federal agencies, and other professional fields are impacted by law, and a variety of professionals deal with law-related issues every day. Pacific McGeorge faculty will work with each student to develop a customized curriculum with a rigorous legal grounding that is infused with real-world examples, skills-based learning, and experiential opportunities.

Professor J. Clark Kelso, associate dean for strategic initiatives, is the director of the MSL program. Kelso has distinguished himself over the past three decades as California government's "Mr. Fix-It," most recently as the court-appointed receiver in charge of California's $1.6 billion prison medical system. Kelso is a recognized expert in transformational organizational change and in developing high-energy, high-performance executive teams. Pacific McGeorge MSL students will work with Director Clark Kelso to design customized curriculum and co-curricular activities.

"Our MSL curriculum will help executives do their jobs better, and it will pave the way to the executive suite for supervisors and managers. The skills of legal analysis and negotiation are invaluable to today's organizational leaders," said Kelso.

The program's curriculum can be customized around specific concentrations, such as Health Law, Human Resources and Conflict Management, Criminal Justice, Government and Public Policy, U.S. Law for Foreign Professionals, and Water and Environmental Sciences. Admission to the MSL program is open to individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. Strong preference is given to individuals who have significant work experience.