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Iowa Law obtains acquiescence for MSL program, Undergraduate Certificate in Human Rights

Iowa Law has obtained acquiescence from the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar to move forward with a new master’s program that will allow students to learn more about the law without becoming an attorney.

The Masters of Studies in Law program will provide accessible training in the legal system for students and professionals who need to recognize and respond to legal issues in their work, but do not wish to practice law.

The curriculum—which includes 30 semester hours of study—will be flexible and cross-disciplinary, allowing students to take traditional legal courses alongside law students and up to nine credit hours of non-law classes in related disciplines.

Through the program, students may choose to build their own customized course of study, or to pursue courses with a designated specialty track.

Two specialty tracks—one in Business and Innovation and another in Law and Public Policy—have been approved by faculty and will be available to students. Faculty may approve other specialty tracks in the future.

A student in the Business and Innovation track, for example, could choose to take patent and trademark courses in the College of Law, a finance course in the Tippie College of Business, and a computer science course in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. After just one year of fulltime study, a student on this track would be able to identify legal issues regarding intellectual property and business, avoid infringement liability, and know when to seek professional legal advice.

The program, which is expected to generate interest among undergraduates and professionals alike, can be completed in one year of fulltime study, or four years of part time study.

Undergraduate Certificate in Human Rights

Iowa law has also obtained acquiescence for an Undergraduate Certificate in Human Rights. The certificate — which was previously awarded by University College through the Center for Human Rights —will now be awarded by the College of Law, the Center’s collegiate home.

The Certificate is open to current UI undergraduate students and requires completion of a six-course sequence totaling 18 credit hours. Information about required courses for this certificate are available here.

There are currently 51 students enrolled in the Human Rights certificate program, with majors that span across campus.