Washington University School of Law seeks students whose academic abilities meet the rigorous demands of our graduate programs. Admissions criteria include strong prior educational and professional credentials, a clear sense of why the candidate is pursuing an MLS, and how legal studies would contribute to the candidate professionally and personally. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, and you will receive your admissions decision shortly after you submit your application. You are encouraged to submit your completed application as soon as possible.
Dates and Deadlines
@WashULaw offers four start dates throughout the year in winter, spring, summer and fall. Below are upcoming start dates and application deadlines:
|Program Start Date||Priority Deadline||Application Deadline|
|July 3, 2017||April 24, 2017||May 29, 2017|
|October 2, 2017||July 24, 2017||August 28, 2017|
|January 15, 2018||October 23, 2017||December 11, 2017|
|April 2, 2018||January 22, 2018||February 26, 2018|
|July 2, 2018||April 23, 2018||May 28, 2018|
|October 1, 2018||July 23, 2018||August 27, 2018|
A completed application must include the following:
- Online application
- Application fee or waiver
- Statement of Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required.
Please note that the LSAT or GRE exam is not a requirement for admission.
The online application can be accessed here. Candidates must complete the entire application in order to be considered for admission to the program.
The application fee for the program is $70, and it is nonrefundable. Candidates who qualify for an application fee waiver must send a formal request to their Admissions Counselor along with supporting documentation before submitting the application. A refund cannot be issued for an application fee already paid.
Statement of Purpose
This essay should answer the question: Why do you want to pursue your Master of Legal Studies degree from @WashULaw? The essay should be 400-500 words.
Resume or CV
Candidates must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) that lists any relevant professional and academic experience, including volunteer work, and honors and awards received.
Candidates must submit official transcripts from every institution attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned, including community college or study abroad programs. Transcript requests can take time to process, so we recommend submitting requests to these institutions as soon as possible. All official transcripts should be sent to:
Application Processing Services
@WashULaw – Master of Legal Studies
7900 Harkins Road, Suite 501
Lanham, MD 20706
To submit electronic copies of your transcripts, please email documents to email@example.com.
An interview is required for admission into the MLS program and will be scheduled by the candidate’s Admissions Counselor. Interviews will be conducted via videoconference using a basic webcam.
Decision & Enrollment
Washington University admits students on a rolling basis. Once the application is complete, the decision and enrollment process will be as follows:
Step 1: Receive an Admissions Decision
Approximately two to three weeks after an application is complete, the applicant will be notified of an admissions decision.
Step 2: Review Admissions Documents
Once admitted, students will receive an email with a PDF package containing the following:
- Admissions Letter
- Intent to Enroll: Students should return this completed enrollment plan whether or not they accept an offer of admission.
- Student Handbook and Honor Code: To ensure the integrity of the learning environment, students in an online program must acknowledge that they understand and will adhere to a set of behavioral standards, including presentation, participation, rules and regulations, academic integrity, and overall Washington University policies.
- Required Disclosures: Depending on an applicant’s program of choice, there are required state authorization disclosures, State Bar Association acknowledgements, and acceptance of transferability restrictions for the @WashULaw programs.
Step 3: Return Signed Documents
Students should sign the Intent to Enroll (ITE) and send the ITE back to Washington University electronically.
Step 4: Pay the Enrollment Deposit
After returning the ITE form electronically, students will receive an email with instructions on how to make the enrollment deposit, which is $600 USD. At that point, enrollment will be considered complete, and students can register for courses (if the registration period is open). The deposit will be credited to the student’s first tuition bill.
If you have questions about the online application process, contact an Admissions Counselor at 314-281-5200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.