OSU Navigation Bar

The Ohio State University

Moritz College of Law

Moritz Home Page

Moritz College of Law

Moritz College of Law


M.S.L.

Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.)

Admission Requirements

The deadline for admissons, for both domestic and international students, is March 15.

Applicants for admission to the M.S.L. program must complete the appropriate admission form, submit a transcript from each college or university the applicant attended, and submit letters of recommendation.  Additionally, applicants must also submit a personal statement addressing how the applicant will benefit from the M.S.L. program. This statement should be no more than 1000 words.

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 "All Other Graduate Programs"
  • Click on "Create Your Account"; choose "Go to Form" when completed
  • Click on "Graduate Applications" 
  • Click "I Agree"
  • Under "Apply Online," click "Graduate Application"
  • Select "Autumn" and the year you wish to begin the program
  • Choose "Law, Master in the Study of - MSTSTLAW (AU)" under Programs

M.S.L. applicants who have been enrolled in or have graduated from an Ohio State graduate program cannot "apply" through graduate admissions. Instead, you must fill out a transfer (See Instructions).

Each applicant will be required to take, or submit relatively recent results from, one of the following tests: the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), or other similar test.

It is expected that most M.S.L. students will either: (1) have a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in a discipline other than law, or (2) have competed a program of study amounting to 45 quarter hours (or 30 semester hours) toward their doctoral degree. Additionally all M.S.L. candidates must show an academic record demonstrating the ability to succeed in a competitive law school environment. 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) and earn a minimum score of 600 at the paper base test and 250 computer based. Non-native English speakers who have been awarded a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a U.S. university are exempted from the TOEFL 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)