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Master of Studies in Law (MSL)

Application Process

Apply online through the University of Iowa Office of Admissions.

Application materials

A completed application should contain:

  • Application form, with signature under the Certification section
  • LSAT, GRE, or GMAT score (or, if not available, then an ACT or SAT score)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (to be sent by your recommenders)
  • Personal statement describing your interest in pursuing this degree
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Official transcripts for all educational institutions attended, including graduate programs if applicable
  • TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable

Application deadline and filing period

The deadline for receipt of the completed MSL application is May 15 of the year in which you wish to begin your studies.  The Admissions Committee may exclude from consideration any application that is received after the deadline or is incomplete at that date.

All prospective students are encouraged to submit their completed applications as soon as possible.  Keep in mind that your application file is considered complete only after we have received all of the following: application, official transcripts, resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and standardized test score.

While the College of Law Admissions Office seeks to keep the applicant informed of progress on the application and the receipt of documents, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all parts of the application reach the Admissions Office.  The Admissions Committee does not review incomplete applications.

Application Fee

The University of Iowa College of Law requires an application fee of $60 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants.

Letters of Recommendation

The College of Law requires applicants to submit at least two letters of recommendation.  Recommendations from professors, supervisors, or others who can comment on your critical thinking, writing skills, and potential for success in the MSL program are particularly welcome.  Letters should be written on letterhead and must include an e-mail address where the writer can be contacted for verification.  Letters may be e-mailed in PDF format, or mailed directly and independently to the College of Law.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is required for all applicants and should be limited to two to three pages.  Your statement should include why you are interested in this program, and describe the background and expertise that will make you a good fit for the MSL program.  Potential topics for your statement include discussing significant accomplishments or describing any unique life experiences.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

A description of any employment, academic, or research experience should be included in a one- to two-page curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

Transcripts

Official transcripts of academic records on all course work completed in colleges, universities, technical institutes, or professional institutions are required.  Current or former University of Iowa students need not request University of Iowa transcripts or other transcripts previously submitted to the University.  

Standardized Test Score

Applicants to the MSL program can apply with a LSAT, GRE, or GMAT score.  You should have an official copy of your test score sent directly to the College of law.  The College of Law will consider another standardized test score (such as an ACT or SAT score) if a LSAT, GRE, or GMAT score is not available.