Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) in Data and Privacy Law


Program Description

Big Data has enormous potential to transform modern society. Organizations must ensure their data is utilized responsibly and with adequate privacy protections.


The proliferation of mobile devices and cloud computing have transformed how we communicate. As more business is conducted digitally organizations are increasingly susceptible to data breaches, hacking, and other misuses of data. Professionals who understand data production, storage, and transfer, and can manage changes in data privacy laws and regulations are in high demand in the U.S. and around the world. The Cardozo Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) in Data and Privacy Law responds to that need and addresses legal and policy issues and their compliance.

The 30-credit master's degree provides non-lawyers a comprehensive understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements affecting data and privacy law. For example, students will study how HIPAA and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affect organizations worldwide and will learn how to plan for and manage these laws and regulations.

The M.S.L. is an online program and can be taken either full time or part-time. Graduates will be prepared to understand the legal and compliance requirements related to the acquisition, management, storage, and transfer of large amounts of data as well as its affiliated risks; These skills apply to job opportunities across a variety of industries in roles such as data managers, data privacy officers, paralegals, compliance officers, or cyber risk data privacy specialists. Additionally, graduates may pursue work in e-discovery and forensic technology at law firms or in corporate legal departments to support litigation and investigations.

The M.S.L. in Data and Privacy Law builds on the expertise of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI), which is a groundbreaking program focusing on the expanding legal fields of information governance, e-discovery, data privacy, social media law, and cybersecurity.

The M.S.L. in Data and Privacy Law at Cardozo teaches the skills and best practices required to adhere to the legal requirements around data production, storage, and transfer. Students will work with expert data and privacy law faculty and gain hands-on experience through project-based coursework.

The M.S.L. offers a comprehensive understanding of the legal and regulatory world of big data. A cybersecurity degree, by contrast, focuses on the science and strategies behind protecting data and information systems. Data law includes the interrelationship of data storage and transfers with regulatory, privacy and criminal law risks. Companies need professionals to oversee and manage policies and systems to protect the data they hold and transfer.

Reasons to Believe

  • Understand the changing landscape of data privacy requirements and regulations in the United States and abroad.
  • Develop nimble and sophisticated responses to changes in data privacy law and regulations.
  • Graduate prepared for roles such as privacy professional, information privacy manager, e-discovery specialist, paralegal, compliance officer, cyber risk specialist, data manager, and information privacy technologist.


Required Courses (18 credits)

  • Introduction to US Law (2 credits)
  • Administrative Law (3 credit)
  • Corporations (4 credits)
  • Legal Writing and Research for Non-Lawyers (1 credit)
  • Privacy Law (3 credits)
  • E-Discovery, Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics (2 credits)
  • CyberSecurity (2 credits)
  • Data and Privacy Law Project (1 credit)

Electives (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from among the courses below. Note: Elective course offerings will vary each semester.

  • Global Corporate Compliance (3 credits)
  • Information Governance Law (2 credits)
  • Internet Law (3 credits)
  • Special Topics: Information, New Technologies, and Constitutional Rights (2 credits)
  • Special Topics: Fundamentals of Common Law (2 credits)
  • Special Topics: Fundamentals of U.S. Constitutional Structure (2 credits)


Office of Graduate Enrollment

Last updated September 2019

About the School

The Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz School at Yeshiva University give students the opportunity to further their intellectual and professional pursuits and become a part of one of U.S. News and World R... Read More