It's the J.D. that gets you the right to run the gauntlet of character and fitness and the bar exam and to claim the prize of a law license, but for those who just want to learn about the law or to burnish their professional resumes some law schools are now offering another option -- a Master's in law. National Law Journal's "Law for Laymen" says that nearly 30 law schools have or soon will
offer a master's degree for nonlawyers, up from just a handful two
years ago. What the degree is called differs from school to school -- MSL; Juris Master
(J.M.); Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.); and Master of Science in
Legal Studies (M.S.) are a few of the names. The programs usually are marketed to working professionals such as human resource professionals, business people, and accountants. The trend is in line with two common predictions about the emerging future of the practice of law -- a shrinking base of lawyers and a wider base of non-lawyers collaborating with lawyers in the provision of law-related services.