Admissions Requirements

The deadline for admissions, for both domestic and international students, is April 15.

Required Application Materials

All applicants to the M.S.L. program need to submit online the following documents along with the appropriate Graduate and Professional Admissions application online. See below for more information.

  • Resume
  • Personal statement of 1,000 words or less addressing how applicant will benefit from program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official (non-OSU) university level transcripts sent directly from the university of attendance
  • Official standardized test scores. We accept GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, or other similar test scores. This test requirement may be waived based on extensive work experience with the approval of both the Administrator of the M.S.L. program and the Graduate Studies Committee. Please contact Assistant Dean Laura Fernandez, fernandez.214@osu.edu, if you would like to request a waiver. 

 

Graduate and Professional Admissions Application Process

1. Never attended an Ohio State graduate program

M.S.L. applicants who have not graduated from or been enrolled in an Ohio State graduate program before should use the on-line admission form from OSU Graduate Admissions:

  • Click on “Apply.”
  • Click on “I have never attended Ohio State. Go to application.”
  • Click on “Create Account.”
  • Follow detailed online application instructions and submit.
2. Completed a graduate level degree at Ohio State

M.S.L applicants who have graduated from an Ohio State graduate program should use the on-line admission form from OSU Graduate Admissions:

  • Click on “Apply.”
  • Click on “I am a former Ohio State Student. Go to application.”
  • Click on “Create Account.”
  • Start a new Graduate application and select “Graduate Intra-University Transfer.”
  • Follow detailed online application instructions and submit.
3. Currently enrolled in a graduate program at Ohio State, and interested in transferring programs or enrolling in a dual degree program.

M.S.L. applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate level program at Ohio State should use the on-line admission form from OSU Graduate Admissions:

  • Click on “Apply.”
  • Click on “I am a current Ohio State Student. Go to application.”
  • Log-in with your OSU username.# and password.
  • Start a new Graduate application and select “Graduate Intra-University Transfer.”
  • Follow detailed online application instructions and submit.

Description of Applicants

It is expected that most M.S.L. students will have received a graduate degree in a discipline other than law by the time of matriculation into the M.S.L. program, or have satisfactorily completed a program of study amounting to 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours toward their graduate degree prior to beginning their M.S.L. degree. Applicants may also apply simultaneously to the M.S.L. program and another graduate program at the University and be admitted with the same condition. In special cases particular admissions requirements can be waived.

International Students

Interested  international applicants are encouraged to apply. In addition to the requirements above, applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Our minimum required TOEFL scores are 80 internet-based; 550 paper-based; or 213 computer-based. Our minimum required IELTS score is 6.5.  Non-native English speakers who have been awarded a baccalaureate or  graduate degree from a U.S. university are exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS  requirement.

International applicants should be aware that this is not an LL.M.  program and will not qualify a foreign trained lawyer to practice law  in the United States or to sit for a bar examination. (Find out more about the Moritz LL.M. Program)

Additional Information

For more information, please contact:

Laura Fernandez
Assistant Dean, International and Graduate Affairs
Moritz College of Law
The Ohio State University
55 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone number: 614-688-5328

Email: fernandez.214@osu.edu