Applying for the Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

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The Master of Legal Studies is a 30-hour graduate degree for non-lawyers. Applicants are able to take most of the same courses open to JD students, but apply the degree to bring a legal perspective to their own professions.

To Apply for the Master of Legal Studies, applicants must submit:

  • A completed application
  • An official transcript showing that the applicant has earned a Bachelor's degree, and also official transcripts of all other college, graduate, and professional studies, whether a degree was obtained or not;
  • A current resume detailing work and professional experience;
  • At least two letters of recommendation;
  • A personal essay describing how you expect to use the knowledge acquired in pursuing the MLS degree.
  • A personal interview may also be required.
  • Note: The LSAT is not required for admission to the program.

For other questions, contact Steve Antol in the Admission office at or 216-687-2304.