Graduation Requirements

Graduation
All graduating students must meet with the Registrar for an Exit Interview to be sure that their files are complete and that each student has fulfilled all of MSL’s requirements for graduation.

What is needed for graduation?
An overall 2.0 (C) average is required for graduation. A student must satisfactorily complete 90 credit hours to graduate. 58 credit hours must be in required courses. A student must pass the Comparison course, which should be taken during his or her last semester. No credits are given for a failing grade. Graduation occurs only in December and June.

Required Courses & Credits

  • Bar Essay (3)
  • Business Associations (3)
  • Civil Procedure (4)
  • Comparison of Massachusetts & National Law (6)
  • Constitutional Law (4)
  • Contracts (5)
  • Criminal Law (3)
  • Criminal Procedure (3)
  • Evidence (3)
  • Legal Ethics (3)
  • Motions & Litigation Practice (2)
  • Property (5)
  • Writing and Legal Reasoning (3)
  • Writing, Research, and Trial Advocacy (3)
  • Writing and Legal Advocacy (3)
  • Torts (4)
  • UCC 2, 3, 4 & 9 (4)

MSLAW also requires students to take and pass both a 1L and 2L Assessment Test:

  • Following the completion of Civil Procedure, Torts, and Contracts at the end of the 1L year, 1L students are required to take and pass the Level 1 Assessment Test at the end of the exam period.
  • Following the completion of Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Evidence at the end of the 2L year, 2L students are required to take and pass the Level 2 Assessment Test at the end of the exam period.
  • If a student does not pass either level of the Assessment Test, the student may retake it the next time it is offered. There will be two (2) makeup administrations following the spring semester, prior to the beginning of the fall semester. There will be two (2) makeup administrations following the fall semester, prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
  • For the full text of the rule, visit mslaw.edu/1L2L-Assessment-Test

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To accomplish its mission, Massachusetts School of Law brings together a diverse group of scholars, judges, expert practitioners and other professionals to provide individuals from all backgrounds a rigorous, professionally advantageous, affordable legal education so that they can improve their lives and better serve their communities.

The Massachusetts School of Law does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.
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Massachusetts School of Law's Mission

military logoMassachusetts School of Law's mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides an accessible and affordable legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders. Lawyers have substantial influence in our society and MSLAW prepares its graduates to use that power to help their clients and obtain the societal advancement that a law degree has traditionally provided.

To accomplish its mission, Massachusetts School of Law brings together a diverse group of scholars, judges, expert practitioners and other professionals to provide individuals from all backgrounds a rigorous, professionally advantageous, affordable legal education so that they can improve their lives and better serve their communities.

The Massachusetts School of Law does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.