The Master of Legal Studies is a cohort program. If accepted, students begin their studies in fall.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The preferred deadline is May 15.
Yes, a Bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the MLS program.
No, there is no entrance exam required for admission to the MLS program.
If English is not your first language, the official TOEFL score report must be sent directly from ETC. TOEFL is waived for students whose first language is English, who attended an educational institution in which English was the primary language of instruction, or who worked in an English-speaking environment for one year or more.
The required TOEFL score is 100. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.
Yes, students may complete their studies by attending classes part-time or full-time.
Yes, the program is designed to accommodate working students who wish to attend classes in the evening.
At this time, all courses are taught in the classroom and are not online, with the exception of a couple of courses.
Generally yes. With the exception of two courses – Introduction to American Legal System and Effective Legal Writing – the courses you will take while in the MLS Program are the regular law school courses attended by students in the JD Program.
No, the American Bar Association does not permit coursework taken as an MLS student to be applied toward the JD degree. Students in the MLS program interested in enrolling in the JD program must apply through the regular admissions process for Seattle University School of Law.
The purpose of the MLS degree program is to educate professionals who work in areas related to the law by providing them with general knowledge of law and specific knowledge of law in their field of interest.
No, the program is designed for students who have an interest in law, work with legal issues, would like to research the law, or who are seeking ways to expand their career opportunities. It is not intended to train students to become lawyers, nor to prepare them for the bar exam.
Students work with the Director of Graduate Programs to create an individualized curriculum plan based on their chosen track.
MLS students must successfully complete 30 credits to graduate.
Full-time students can complete their studies within 9-12 months. Part-time students can complete their studies within 18-24 months.
A limited number of merit scholarships are available to incoming MLS students. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.
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