NYU School of Law Announces New M.S.L. Degree in Law and Jewish Civilization

New York University School of Law has announced a new Master of Studies in Law degree (M.S.L.) that is focused on law and Jewish civilization. The M.S.L. degree is aimed at those seeking a deep intellectual and academic inquiry into Jewish learning and legal insight. The program will admit 20-30 students and is accepting applications now for the 2010-2011 academic year, with both full and part-time study opportunities.

While not aimed at professional development, the new degree is open to law graduates and practicing lawyers who want a deeper understanding of the discipline. Graduates without a law degree but who wish to gain an understanding of the nature of law and its relationship to society and the human condition may also wish to apply. The program requires completion of 30 credits, including a Masters’ thesis.

Moshe Halbertal and Joseph Weiler are co-directors of The Tivkah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at NYU School of Law, home of the Masters. According to Halbertal and Weiler, the program will weave Jewish learning and legal insight in a manner which simply does not exist elsewhere - neither in the world of Yeshivot (Jewish seminaries) nor in departments of Judaic studies.

The degree program, comprising foundational and specialized courses, will be taught by both leading scholars in law and Judaica at the School of Law, and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, as well as affiliates and fellows of the Tikvah Center. Fellows are drawn from the most distinguished amongst established scholars, and the most promising among emerging scholars.

For more detailed information and to apply, visit www.nyutikvah.org/masters.

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