Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont

Champlain College, a private, not-for-profit college located in Burlington, Vermont, was founded in 1878 as a small business-oriented school with an emphasis on teaching practical business skills. Champlain has a long tradition of educating professionals for leadership roles by providing high-quality, career-centered education.

Among the first colleges to offer full degree programs online, Champlain has been a leader in online education since 1993. Today, Champlain’s online degree programs are ranked among the top three nationally by the Online Education Database (

Champlain currently serves 2,000 undergraduates as well as a growing number of graduate and continuing-education students. Champlain students represent 48 states and 24 countries. The Burlington, Vermont campus of Champlain College includes 42 buildings spread across 22.5 acres.

The U.S. News and World Reportranks Champlain #131 on the Best Online Graduate Business Programs list and #39 Best Online Colleges & Universities according to 2015 Rankings of the Best Online Colleges & Universities.

Champlain College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institution of Higher Education.

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6 terms offered per year


  • Top Ranked - Champlain College ranked #15 in the category of Regional Colleges (North) and Voted “Top Up and Comer” in U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Colleges Ranking
  • Ranked among the Princeton Review's 378 Best Colleges: 2014 Edition

The online Master of Science in Law (MSL) - a non J.D. program - at Champlain College was created to help professionals who are not lawyers think and act confidently in the legal dimensions of their work, prevent needless litigation, and work productively with counsel when counsel is necessary. We believe that in order to advance your career, a strong foundation in various aspects of law is necessary. As such, we have carefully selected a broad range of courses that expose you to all aspects of the law. Through this all-inclusive curriculum, you will gain comprehensive legal knowledge and professional focus.

Our regionally accredited program with our experienced faculty of attorneys is designed so you build a greater public understanding of law through studying: Intellectual Property Law, Managerial Law, Human Resources Law, and Health Law.

The MSL program offers:

  • 24 Months to Graduate - accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.
  • No GMAT or GRE - With no exams to take, start quickly in one of our six terms offered per year
  • 100% Online - Flexible format allows you to fit in school at times that work best with your schedule
  • Top Ranked - U.S. News ranks Champlain College #15 in the category or Regional Colleges (North) and Voted "Top Up and Comer" in U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Colleges Ranking

Champlain College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institution of Higher Education.


"Champlain’s MSL program provided me with the opportunity to supplement my 26 years of business experience with legal theory and application - all online! I could not be happier with my choice of Champlain's MSL program. I would highly recommend Champlain College's online MSL to anyone seeking their first or second master's degree and who really want to better know the law."

Barry Simpson, IT Director at Outlaw Conversions and Champlain College MSL program student

"I chose the MLS at Champlain College for a few reasons. First, because I have an extremely busy work schedule and own my own business. Second, because the program incorporates the areas of law that I currently deal with in my current position, and third, because after speaking with my counselor and program coordinator, I realized faculty at this school puts the best interest of its potential and current students first, and they truly care about the students and their aspirations. I was even more pleasantly surprised when I started my courses. My professors provide coursework that is reasonable, thought-provoking, and germane to the legal issues that we face in today's society. I recommend this program to all non-traditional students who prefer online learning and certainly to students serving in our nation's military. I am excited beyond words to meet some of my professors and classmates at the Integrated Reflective Practice course in September."

Maria Sturgess, Office and Intellectual Property Administrator, SuperPower Inc. and Champlain College MSL program student

"There are not enough online programs available to the working adult who cannot afford to move to another state for a law degree. Champlain has been a great opportunity for me to attend grad school."

Debi Chadwick Champlain College MSL program alum