Samford University Offers Master’s Degrees for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law is accepting applications for two online graduate programs: the new Master of Laws (LL.M.) for lawyers, and the Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) for non-lawyers. Cumberland’s partnership with ACEDS will provide students with certification, training and membership benefits.

These advanced degrees will prepare students for roles in financial compliance, regulatory affairs, financial crimes prevention, and more.  The fully online Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) degree is a 36-hour program designed primarily for non-lawyers interested in pursuing a graduate degree that will position them for advancement in their current field. A 30-credit-hour LL.M. is also available for students who have earned a J.D.

Faculty members for the online graduate programs are industry experts, practicing attorneys, Cumberland School of Law faculty and Samford faculty from other disciplines. The curriculum for both programs focuses on foundational and specialized knowledge as well as real-world, practical skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace.

Although the programs are completely online, students must attend an on-campus orientation which will take place Aug. 10 and 11.  According to Tomlin, this on-campus event “affords students the opportunity to connect with their peers, professors and advisory board members, facilitating better communication and networking throughout the duration of the programs.”

The application deadline for admission into either program for the fall 2018 academic semester is June 1.  Fall classes begin Aug. 27.

For more information about the Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) with a concentration in legal project management, visit


ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY — Samford University is a premier nationally ranked Christian university. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and Samford is recognized as the top-ranked university in the state of Alabama in national rankings published by Forbes Inc, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.