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The Master of Legal Studies program admits new students to begin classes in the Fall and Spring Semesters. The Admissions Committee will consider several factors in making its admissions decisions, including undergraduate GPA, standardized test scores, educational experience, professional experiences, references, and personal statements.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the MLS program, one must have completed a baccalaureate degree in any major with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, it is recommended that a prospective student have some work experience in an area broadly related to the field of legal studies. Applicants who do not possess a GPA of at least 2.75 may apply to the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences for admission as a non-degree student in order to register for certain classes and to document academic ability. Acceptance as a non-degree student does not guarantee acceptance into the legal studies program.

How to Apply

  • Apply to the MLS program at West Virginia University. Be sure to indicate “Master of Legal Studies” in your application. You will need to have transcripts from any former colleges or universities you attended sent to WVU. If there are any problems with transcripts, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at 304-293-5980.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: References should be requested through the online Graduate Application portal. Reference writers should be persons who are able to write directly to the applicant’s ability to think critically; analyze situations, information, or data; to write clearly; and to apply one’s self in an academic program of study. At least one letter should be from an academic reference, if possible.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • One to two page personal statement on the subject of why and how the Master of Legal Studies Program will further your career or special interests.
  • The MLS program will accept the results of any standardized graduate level tests (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc.). There is no minimum score requirement, as the test scores will be evaluated as a part of a student’s entire portfolio. Prospective students who have five years or more of work experience in a field related to legal studies may petition to have the standardized test requirement waived. Use the Test Waiver Request Form to petition the program for a waiver of the test requirement.


All application materials should be submitted no later than November 15 of each year for admission in the Spring semester and by May 1 for admission in the Fall semester. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials early. Early applications that are complete will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis. Otherwise, the Admissions Committee will render decisions by November 30 for Spring admission and by May 15 for Fall admission.

*Applications for admission may be considered after these deadlines on a space-available basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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