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Manage data risks. Transform your career.

MSL in Data and Privacy Law at Cardozo Online

Break down the complexities of cybersecurity, data and privacy laws under the direct tutelage of leading experts in the field.

Uniquely focused on data and privacy law, Cardozo’s online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program is designed by industry leaders and combines theoretical and practical perspectives on compelling topics like international data protection, cybersecurity, internet law, and much more.

As a Cardozo student, you’ll study with our top-ranked faculty in supportive, engaging small-group settings. By earning this MSL degree, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to make smarter decisions about data operation and management—in your current professional role or your future career as a data specialist.

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Online Data Privacy Law Degree Program Details

  • 10 courses
  • 30 credits
  • 100% online
  • Complete in as few as 24 months
  • Three opportunities to start per year (fall, spring, and summer)
  • No GRE or LSAT required for admission
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If you work in IT and want to level up your career by learning data and privacy law, Cardozo School of Law has the program for you. Offered 100% online, our MSL in Data and Privacy Law program is taught by industry leaders and gives you the connections and networking opportunities to grow your career and thrive in your chosen field.

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Learn to Navigate the Privacy Laws That Shape Your Industry

Our global digital economy is fueled by big data. To remain competitive and reach new revenue streams, corporations worldwide collect, store, analyze, use, monetize, and share data in almost every aspect of their operations. These practices have raised concerns regarding data privacy and security—for customers, business partners, regulators, and other stakeholders. Organizations are re-evaluating how they manage emerging data risks.

With Cardozo’s MSL in Data and Privacy Law, you will better understand the complex regulations governing data management today. The Cardozo School of Law takes a unique approach to our curriculum. Our holistic approach focuses on legal risk mitigation, examining the integral role that each stakeholder plays in ensuring data integrity and privacy.

Prepare to lead in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. In your core courses, you will be a foundation of legal knowledge that will help you build a more risk-aware corporate culture. From there, add relevant electives that will make you a key player at your organization in building an infrastructure that respects privacy and protects customer data.

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What is an MSL in Data and Privacy Law?

A Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree is designed for working professionals who do not already hold a J.D., but would benefit from a more in-depth knowledge of the law. With an MSL, you can have a greater impact at your current organization, become a leader in your department, or progress your career by moving to a new position or a new organization. Cardozo Law's data privacy law degree program helps you become an authoritative specialist through studies in international data protection, cybersecurity, internet law, and much more.

The MSL in Data and Privacy Law program is an excellent fit for experienced professionals and decision makers working in operations, IT, government agencies, cybersecurity, and human resources. It is also a great fit for professionals working in law adjacent career tracks where data matters, such as law clerks, forensic analysts, detectives and investigators, military personnel, healthcare, and even fashion and the arts.

What are the requirements for an MSL in Data and Privacy Law?

The MSL program is not designed for those who already hold a J.D., as there is a core focus on learning the law, including U.S. law at large, the fundamentals of common law, administrative law, and more. To start, you should have an interest in learning about legal topics and building your expertise in this area in order to apply it to manage and mitigate emerging data risks. The digital economy is global and fueled by big data. Earning your MSL in Data and Privacy should be fueled by an interest in leading the charge to ensure data integrity and privacy in a rapidly changing regulatory environment.

Visit the admissions requirements page to learn the specifics of applying to this exciting data privacy law degree program. In brief, you will need to complete the application, submit a personal statement, your resume/CV, a letter of recommendation, and any official transcripts from undergraduate or graduate institutions you have attended.

What is the difference between an MSL, J.D., and LL.M.?

All of these degrees are centered around a legal education, but what you can do with these degrees, and the requirements to get them, are all quite different. A Master of Science in Laws (MSL) degree, is well suited for those who are interested in law, but do not want to be practicing lawyers (at least at the moment). MSLs are popular in law-adjacent roles, such as a paralegal position. A Master of Jurisprudence is sometimes used as an alternative name for MSL.

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) is the degree needed to practice law. To become an attorney, students must complete a J.D. program and pass the bar exam in the state or states where they want to practice. A Master of Law degree (LL.M.) typically focuses on a specific area of law. An LL.M. student already holds a J.D. and is looking to further specialize in order to become a leader in a chosen area of law.

What is the outlook for fields around cybersecurity and privacy laws?

As cyberattacks continue to dominate the headlines, new laws are emerging to keep up with the rapidly evolving risks to the data held by corporations, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, government offices, and much more. Data breaches can affect any one of us, and ensuring that our data and privacy is being effectively handled by the institutions we trust to handle it means that legal expertise is necessary within those institutions and businesses.

In addition to the risks that we all face from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, our global economy is now rooted in technology and fueled by our data, and those who understand that legal matters and concepts surrounding cybersecurity, data, and privacy are well positioned to make a strong and positive impact in keeping our data safe. As organizations re-evaluate how they manage data risks, fluency in applying the law to new and developing technologies will be especially valuable. Growth in these fields will not be slowing any time soon.

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Bridge the Gap Between Law and Innovation
Gain fluency in understanding legal approaches to new and developing technologies. With a concentration on legal matters surrounding innovative products and services, you’ll immediately be able to apply your learnings to issues concerning cybersecurity, data privacy, information governance, digital records management, and electronic discovery.

Enhance your understanding of laws at the state, federal, and international levels. Learn the intricacies of the litigation, regulatory risks, and compliance challenges facing organizations in the public and private sectors to better support your company’s compliance processes.

Beyond adding value to your current professional role, you’ll be prepared to advance in the highly regulated areas of government, healthcare, and corporate technology.

Data Privacy MSL Degree Overview

Administrative Law

Understand the administrative agencies, regulations, and other ways agencies govern or influence companies and individuals. Learn what an administrative agency is, how agencies get their power, how they are structured, and the various ways in which agencies act, including by enacting and enforcing regulations. Learn how to read and interpret agency regulations and participate in agency proceedings.

Privacy Law

Learn the variety of laws and regulations governing information privacy, including tort law, communications privacy statutes, actions of the Federal Trade Commission, sector-specific laws such as HIPAA, and state laws such as the California Consumer Privacy Act. Privacy laws studied in the MSL program apply to the government, private companies, and individuals.


Study the different laws and regulations governing data security, including the Federal Trade Commission Act, sector-specific laws, and state laws related to cybersecurity and data breaches. You will learn about the different sources of legal and regulatory risk that can arise from inadequate data security, and the standards used to assess whether data security is adequate.
Data Privacy at Cardozo School of Law

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Our faculty—known scholars and authorities in technology, law, and data and privacy—are committed educators whose experience and connections enrich their courses.

Cardozo MSL Admissions

The Cardozo Master of Studies in Law (MSL) in Data and Privacy Law equips each graduate with an in-depth understanding of evolving laws and regulations. Explore the requirements and get started on your application today!

Join the MSL program that fits your life.

Gain the benefits of top-ranked academics on your schedule. With a part-time or full-time course load, you’ll choose when and from where you join our collaborative online classrooms.
Admissions Dates and Deadlines
Priority Application Deadline
June 13, 2022
Fall 2022 Term
Application Deadline
August 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Term
Next Start
August 22, 2022
Fall 2022 Term
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