College of Law

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Our Master of Legal Studies program is an option for learning about the law without getting a JD. It can increase job opportunities for a wide range of professions. If you find yourself needing a better foundation for working with and understanding law and regulation without becoming a lawyer, this degree may be right for you.

The MLS program offers two flexible formats in order to complete the program: an in-person weekend format or a fully online format.

2020-2021 Important Dates and Deadlines

October 1 Application Opens
April 1 Priority Application Deadline
June 30 Application Deadline


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MLS Application Requirements

The Admission Committee will consider your file incomplete until the following items have been received and processed:

1Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

You may apply before you receive your undergraduate degree. However, before you matriculate, you must provide official transcripts showing that you have been awarded a baccalaureate degree from a college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or be the foreign equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

Admissions Criteria

For U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Resident Aliens:

  • The MLS application does not require a standardized test score (GRE, GMAT, MAT, LSAT)
  • Applicants need to demonstrate a track record of professional experience
  • Applicants need to compile a competitive grade point average in undergraduate work. Some exceptions will be made based on career experience and length of time between undergraduate degree and MLS application.
  • Academic Preparation – No specific pre-law curriculum is required for admission to the MLS Program at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Generally, you should seek, or have taken challenging courses from instructors who insist upon high standards of performance. Many undergraduate courses and majors can help you develop the specific skills you will need to succeed in graduate school and in your career. In particular, you should take courses that develop written and spoken communication, reading and comprehension, logic and analytical thinking, and problem-solving. It is important that you master English and learn effective study skills.
  • Diverse Admissions Criteria and Review Process –Admission to the S.J. Quinney College of Law is competitive; however, no candidate is accepted or rejected solely on a numerical basis. Factors such as breadth and difficulty of academic background, and significant work experience or life-broadening activities are also considered. Also considered are extracurricular and community activities, leadership ability, advanced degrees of study, geographic and language background. You may disclose important diversity factors such as your age, gender, racial or ethnic identity, disadvantaged socioeconomic or educational background, sexual orientation, non-traditional cultural background, or other similar information.

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