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Curriculum

Master of Studies in Law students will take existing courses in the College of Law alongside JD students. MSL students also may choose to take up to nine credit hours (ordinarily three courses) in other colleges across campus.

The required MSL curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning (1 unit)
  • Two first-semester College of Law courses from among the following: (8 units)
    • Contracts (4 units)
    • Property (4 units)
    • Torts (4 units)
  • One or more writing seminars, independent studies, or tutorials in the College of Law providing a total of at least two units of writing credit
  • With law school approval, a student may take up to 9 units of non-law classes in related disciplines. E.g., a Business and Innovation track student might take courses in Accounting, Statistics, Finance, or Computer Science; a Law and Public Policy track student might take courses in Psychology, Sociology, or Sustainability. (0-9 units)
  • The balance of the curriculum will be composed of courses regularly offered at the College of Law. The number of units required depends on the number of non-law courses the student takes. The following are examples of the types of courses that a student might take depending on track. The courses included are illustrative only and are not meant to be exhaustive. Not all courses are offered every semester or every academic year.  Consult Iowa Law's Courses and Curriculum for current schedules.  (10-19 units) 
Business and Innovation Track Law and Public Policy Track Custom Track (e.g., HR)
Business Associations  Constitutional Law I  Health Law
Corporate Finance  Constitutional Law II   Administrative Law
Administrative Law     Administrative Law   Employment Law
Introduction to Intellectual Property Criminal Law  Bankruptcy
Patent Law  Human Rights   Income Tax
Trademark Law Legal History Business Associations
Copyright Law Critical Race Theory   Introduction to IP
Antitrust Nonprofit Organizations  Arbitration
Innovation and Competition Policy Public International Law Negotiations