MSL - How to Apply

Let's get rolling.

No standardized test is required and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting October 1. The priority deadline for scholarship consideration is April 15. Enrollment is limited to the fall semester, which begins in early August. If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Here's how it works.

To be considered for admission, candidates must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have career goals or work experience in a field that would be supplemented by study in the MSL program.

Application Checklist
  • A completed MSL Application.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Official undergraduate and/or graduate school transcripts in an official, sealed envelope.
  • A personal statement of 700 to 1,500 words explaining your interest in the MSL program. Please ensure that your first and last name appears on each page. The statement should be typed and double spaced.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background.
  • A $75.00 non-refundable application fee made payable to UC Hastings Law. Payment may be made by check or online via credit card.
  • International Applicants: 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 Hastings 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. Students who have received their undergraduate degree from a country other than the U.S. or Canada must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved foreign credential agency.

Official transcripts and recommendation letters should be mailed directly to the applicant in sealed envelopes. These unopened envelopes should then be placed together with the other components of the application.

The applicant is responsible for arranging shipments of letters of recommendation and official transcripts to the following address:

MSL Admissions
UC Hastings Law
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Testimonial from Rita, MSL '14

“I value the time I spent in the UC Hastings 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.”