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The Art of Buying and Bidding

Starting this fall, the University of Dayton School of Law will offer a graduate program focusing on government contracting and purchasing. This program — for lawyers and non-lawyers — will prepare participants for careers buying for or selling to federal, state and municipal governments.

"When more companies can develop and submit better bids and contracts, it increases competition for government work and lowers costs," School of Law Dean Andrew Strauss said.

The nine-course government contracting and purchasing Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) program is open to the public and designed to be completed in nine semesters either online or on-campus one night a week.

Law school officials believe this is the only program like this in law schools nationwide.

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects up to 19,000 more sales or purchasing jobs nationwide between 2014 and 2024, with an average salary of up to $117,960," said Paul Schlottman, School of Law director of strategic initiatives. "Many of those jobs will be available locally on the federal, state and local levels."

M.S.L. degrees differ from the more commonly known juris doctor degree for practicing lawyers. M.S.L. degrees are more similar to master's degrees and geared toward those with a bachelor's degree who need an advanced understanding of a particular area of the law. Graduate entrance exams are not required for admission.

For more information or to apply to the University of Dayton School of Law government contracting and purchasing M.S.L. program, visit the related link. Financial aid, tuition assistance, and corporate and government tuition deferment and reimbursement options are available to eligible participants. 


News and Communications Staff