The legal profession has incredible range and impact. It connects to virtually every aspect of our lives and relationships. We encourage MSU Law students to consider breadth of knowledge when choosing courses, but no law student can master every subject area within the law in three years.
Focus areas and certifications will help you to develop a deep knowledge of a single area of practice, so once you have a sense of what kind of law you’re interested in, consider specializing.
You’re not required to pick a particular area of study in your legal education, but immersing yourself in a practice area can help you stand out to prospective employers. Developing expertise while you’re a student can prepare you to contribute to your workplace once you graduate, rather than having to learn everything on the job.
14 Focus Areas. Endless Possibilities.
MSU Law's focus areas incorporate learning inside and outside of the classroom – focused coursework, externships, laboratories, clinics, and research opportunities with leading faculty in those fields. From emerging growth areas in the legal market to established (and employable) practice specialties, we’ll provide the knowledge base you need to succeed.
Customize your experience in our 14 focus areas and certification opportunities, as well as in our Centers and Institutes.
work with the contracts, regulatory knowledge, and payment systems needed to transact the sale of goods.
defend civil rights, work for the US government, or serve the judiciary by understanding Constitutional principles.
study the complex rules that govern the relationship between companies and stakeholders.
learn how the judicial system establishes guilt and innocence – and prepare to participate in the process.
explore how laws regulate the effects of human activity on our shared natural environment.
work with the changing web of laws that define families and regulate domestic relationships.
Trial Practice Institute
prepare for the courtroom with immersive training on everything from jury selection to sentencing.
prepare to practice law in Indian Country, working for Native American tribes in a unique practice environment.
International & Comparative Law
navigate multiple legal systems in an increasingly integrated global environment.
Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law
protect the legal rights of creators and innovators.
Public Law & Regulation
shape policy and regulation in your community by tackling issues that impact society.