We believe that legal education isn’t just for lawyers. Learning the laws that shape your industry can have a profound impact on your ability to advance your career. Our master’s program is available and accessible. Our online classrooms are designed to be intimate, collaborative communities as well as sites for hands-on learning. Our innovative technology and top-ranked faculty enable live debates, presentations, and breakout small group discussions, from wherever you are.

Our MSL in Data and Privacy Law is the right master’s degree for anyone interested in cyber and privacy law as well as anyone whose current or future career involves making decisions about data.

“For a long time, law has been an area that mostly lawyers know about. But now we have the ability to bring the knowledge of law to a broader audience. Through the online format, we can reach people who don’t have the time, resources, or ability to come to campus and study here.”

- Dr. Felix Wu, Professor and Online MSL Program Director

These data-related careers include:

  • Digital Marketing specialist
  • Information security professionals
  • IT managers and technology specialists
  • Privacy professionals
  • Records managers
  • Forensic technologists
  • Paralegals and litigation support staff
  • Privacy, data protection, and compliance officers

“We’re learning about new ways to teach effectively. Online technology allows us to move away from a pure lecture format or a purely verbally oriented teaching style, which opens up possibilities for different kinds of learners to find ways of learning that excite and engage them.”

- Melanie Leslie, Dean of Cardozo School of Law

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Our Data and Privacy Law MSL program has obtained ABA acquiescence. Please note that this program does not qualify graduates to practice law or to sit for the bar exam.

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30 credit hours

18-24 months

60-90 minute live sessions

Nationally-Recognized Thought Leadership


Intellectually Curious

At Cardozo, we take a holistic approach to application review. As a professional school, our goal is to enroll and graduate students who will be successful in their careers.

Strong Academic History

We carefully review your transcripts, letter(s) of reference, and personal statement to assess your academic aptitude and overall preparedness for graduate study.

Work Experience

We value professional experience from all sectors and fields and recognize that what students do in the world of work helps ground what they learn in the classroom, enriching discourse and the academic environment.

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Program Objectives

  • Empower students to realize data’s potential, while managing its risks, by understanding the legal, regulatory, policy and compliance issues that govern how companies acquire, store, secure, use, share, and dispose of data.
  • Ensure students have the know-how to navigate the laws that affect every stage in the information lifecycle and to be effective leaders in data privacy, cybersecurity, e-discovery, or other data-intensive fields.
  • Give students an in-depth working knowledge of rapidly evolving privacy and cybersecurity standards across a variety of industries and an understanding of what companies need to do to protect themselves from costly lawsuits and settlements.


“Learning the law is like learning a language. In the MSL, we’re not teaching you the entire language; we’re teaching you a subset of it that is particularly relevant to your field and your profession and your future career plans.”

- Michael Burstein, Vice Dean of Cardozo School of Law

Over the course of the MSL’s 30 credit program, which takes between 1.5 and 2.5 years to complete, students will gain exposure to a range of data and privacy issues that will allow them to see their world and their workplace in a new light.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to U.S. Law

This course gives students a basic understanding of how law and the American legal system work. It covers the different sources and forms of law, how legal cases arise and are decided, and the roles of judges and courts in deciding cases. The course also discusses what lawyers do and the role of lawyers in the legal system. Students will learn how to read cases and statutes, how to engage in legal reasoning, and how to synthesize different legal sources. This course, taken in the first semester of study, serves as a foundation for the other courses in the MSL program.

Administrative Law

This course introduces students to administrative agencies and the regulations and other ways in which such agencies govern or influence companies and individuals. The course covers 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. Students will learn how to read and interpret agency regulations, how to participate in agency proceedings, and how to respond to agency actions.


This course covers the nature and governance of corporations and other business entities. Students will learn to distinguish among different types of business entities, and to understand how different entities are formed, financed, governed, and transitioned. The course also covers the duties and obligations of the various people who participate in a business entity.

Privacy Law

This course covers the variety of laws and regulations governing information privacy, primarily in the United States, 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. Students will learn to identify when particular laws are triggered, what such laws require, and how such laws are enforced. The course covers laws that apply to the government, as well as laws that apply to private companies and individuals.


Parties in civil litigation are required to exchange documents, and that exchange is now overwhelmingly in electronic form. This course teaches the laws, technology, and best practices that apply to the production of electronic documents in litigation and to the management of such documents in anticipation of litigation.


This course covers the different laws and regulations governing data security, including the Federal Trade Commission Act, sector-specific laws such as those governing financial services companies, and state laws such as data breach notification laws. Students will learn about the different sources of legal and regulatory risk that can arise from inadequate data security, about the standards used to assess whether data security is adequate, and about how to respond to a data breach. The course will also cover both how cybercriminals are prosecuted and some of the broader policy questions that arise when trying to address cybersecurity at a national or international scale.

Data and Privacy Law Project

In this course, students will integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout the program and demonstrate their competencies in data and privacy law through a capstone project tailored to their individual backgrounds and interests.

International Data Protection

This course covers privacy and data protection laws from multiple jurisdictions around the world, with a particular emphasis on Europe and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Students will learn when activities in one country potentially trigger the laws of another country, and what steps companies need to take to comply with GDPR and other global data protection laws.

Information Governance

This course explores the legal and practical challenges faced by companies in managing data. Students will learn how to translate a world of legal, regulatory, and business requirements into concrete policies and procedures, in order to address global and domestic data privacy, cybersecurity, investigations and discovery, records management, business continuity and other forms of legal, regulatory, and business risk.

Internet Law

The Internet and other modern communications technologies have become a pervasive part of society and social interactions. This course examines legal issues that have arisen as a result, including liability of online platforms for the content they carry, restrictions on access to online systems, and the application of constitutional law in online and digital settings.

Fundamentals of Common Law

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the key common law areas of contracts, torts, and property. The law of contracts governs agreements. The law of torts governs responsibility for harms. The law of property governs ownership of land, objects, and intangibles. Each of these areas of law is important not only in its own right and in everyday situations, but also for the more specialized subjects covered in other courses in the program.

Meet Our Faculty

One of the reasons Cardozo School of Law is such a great place to pursue the MSL degree is the faculty. Cardozo benefits from both highly experienced, full-time faculty, and adjunct faculty who are at the forefront of data and privacy law usage in today’s world.

Felix Wu, JD, PhD

Professor of Law

Faculty Director, Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI)

Professor Wu’s doctoral studies in computer science are foundational to his information law scholarship, which spans privacy law, freedom of speech, and intellectual property law.

Adam Cohen, JD, CISSP, CCSP, CEH

Adam Cohen is a former litigator with more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of technology and law.

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, JD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Director of the Indie Film Clinic, Director of the Leadership Program at the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is the director of The Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, which provides a wide range of legal services to independent filmmakers and creative professionals.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline (application fee waiver; code: earlyadmit)
February 28th, 2020
Final Application Deadline
April 3rd, 2020
Classes Start
Week of May 4th, 2020

Learning Online

  • Gain hands-on experience in our online program in the form of interactive exercises and practical projects, as well as live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions

  • Connect with and learn from fellow graduate students with diverse personal and professional backgrounds, anywhere in the world

  • Prepare to be world-changing professionals with an online learning experience that combines innovative technology, a carefully considered curriculum, and active partnerships

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Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Studies in Law.

Neither test is required for admission into the MSL program.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities.
  • A personal statement explaining your goals and interest in Cardozo’s Data and Privacy Law program. This statement should be no longer than 2-3 pages.
  • Resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic reference.
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL scores are needed if your bachelor’s degree is from a non-English speaking institution.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required if your bachelor’s degree is from a non-English speaking institution.
  • International transcripts should show equivalency of a US four-year degree. Non-English transcripts require evaluation by an NAECS-accredited institution.

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities are required for a full admissions decision into the MSL program. However, applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for conditional acceptance into the program.

Yes. We require all official transcripts from any university or community college you’ve ever attended.

No. If an electronic transcript is opened by anyone outside of the admissions committee, it is no longer official. Please contact your Enrollment Advisor if you receive an email with an official transcript.

Yes. All applications undergo the review process, which is holistic in nature. We consider not only your GPA, but also your work experience and any other information you provide us in your personal statement.

Online courses require you to have access to the internet and a computer.

Costs for specialized master’s degrees such as the MSL in Data and Privacy Law are affordable. The total tuition for this program is $38,850 or $1,295 per credit. There is a seat deposit of $500 that will be applied to your first-semester tuition.

The Master’s in Data and Privacy Law is a flexible 30-credit graduate degree that can be completed part-time. The average completion time is 1.5-2.5 years.

Online courses are taught by full-time and adjunct members of the Cardozo Law faculty who are experts and experienced practitioners in their fields.

Our courses utilize a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning. There will be some sessions in each course that do require you to log on at a certain time to interact live with your professors and classmates.

There is a $50 non-refundable application fee.


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