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How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the M.L.S. program, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution, have at least a 2.7 grade point average in the last two years of their bachelor’s degree, and complete the necessary application requirements. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt of all required documents.

Candidates interested in the M.L.S. degree apply first to the Graduate School and then to the School of Law. Information on the process for applying to the Graduate School can be found at here. The School of Law application can be found here.

The School of Law reviews applications on a rolling basis beginning in November. We conduct a holistic review of every application received. While LSAT, GRE, or GMAT are important factors in the admissions process, the admissions committee also considers non-numeric factors such as the personal statement, letters of recommendation, work experience, community service, and honors or awards.

Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution in the United States or abroad by the first day of fall semester class are eligible for admission to the M.L.S. program. There are no prerequisite courses or specific majors required for entry. Students from all disciplines and areas of study are admitted.

Applications for Fall entry are available in September. Since we offer a rolling admissions process, there is no absolute deadline. However, we strongly suggest applicants complete their application before April 1.

Below is a checklist for M.L.S. applicants. For international applicants, please visit the School of Law website for a specific list of requirements.

An application will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received. Once a file is complete, please allow 1-2 weeks for a committee decision to be reached.

  • Application and $50 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • Character and Fitness supplemental documents and personal explanation for each incident, if applicable
  • LSAT, GRE, or GMAT score taken within two years of application
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended, including graduate work if applicable
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Applicants who graduated from an undergraduate institution several years ago may substitute letters from employers or supervisors who can address the applicant's abilities and intellectual promise.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score taken within two years, if applicable