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Thriving Program

Enrollment in the University of Dayton School of Law's graduate program in government contracting and procurement has been more popular than anticipated since starting last summer, according to Dean Andy Strauss.

"We have been pleased with the number of highly qualified students applying to the program. The target for the program's first semester last fall was 15 students and we matriculated 19. We had a goal of 25 for the current semester and we have 29," Strauss said. "We are finding there is significant need for focused professional legal training in the high-demand field of government contracting."

The program — for lawyers and non-lawyers — will prepare participants for careers buying for or selling to federal, state and municipal governments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects up to 19,000 more contracting or procurement jobs nationwide between 2014 and 2024, with an average salary of up to $117,960.

"When I learned about this program, my next career move became very clear," said Nicci Henry, a student in the program. "This opportunity to strengthen my experience in contract negotiation and management and be an expert resource in this area is invaluable.”

"The stellar lineup of professionals the School of Law has teaching this program exemplifies the commitment it's making to the program, the students and future employers."

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

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

M.S.L. degrees differ from the more commonly known juris doctor degree for practicing lawyers. They are targeted to those who need an advanced understanding of a particular area of the law for their careers. Graduate entrance exams are not required for admission.

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


News and Communications Staff