MSL - How to Apply

Our Application is Open!

Admission and scholarship consideration will be offered on a space available basis until the final deadline of June 30. Enrollment is limited to the fall semester, which begins in early August. No standardized test is required to apply.

Step One: Complete your Online Application

Start your Application for Fall 2024

Step Two: Submit Supplemental Application Materials

Submit Supplemental Application Materials Here

If you have any questions about the application process, please email

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MSL Applicant Eligibility:

To be considered for admission, candidates must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to matriculation at UC Law SF.

NOTE: Juris Doctor graduates are not eligible for the MSL program. Candidates who have earned their first degree in law outside of the US or are licensed to practice law outside of the US are invited to apply to our LLM program.


Supplemental Materials: Details for each of the following items can be found in the Step 2: Supplemental Materials page

    • A resume or curriculum vitae
    • Official academic transcripts, including community college, undergraduate, and graduate school (if applicable)
    • Statement of Purpose
    • A $75.00 non-refundable application fee
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Optional: Need Based Grant Application
    • English Proficiency Exam (if applicable; see below)

International Applicants

International students applying for the MSL program who did not earn their Bachelors’ degrees (or equivalent) in an English-medium undergraduate program should submit an official TOEFL score report or an official IELTS score report. The UC Law SF code for TOEFL score reports is 4342. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (iBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 7. Scores should be less than two years old.

Testimonial from Rita, MSL ’14

“I value the time I spent in the UC Law SF MSL program. I wanted to learn more about law to help my research and work as a Professor of Philosophy and prelaw advisor. I published two articles and two book chapters based on what I learned in the many seminars I took, and I updated and expanded several of my courses. This course list was extensive, which makes the program especially valuable for academics.”