Application Checklist and Deadlines


Priority deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Admission: File complete by June 1
  • Spring Admission: File complete by November 1
  • Summer Admission: File complete by April 1 (Summer option is only for part-time applicants)

Applications for admission will be considered on a space-available basis after the priority deadlines.

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, and many applicants will receive an admission decision within three weeks from the date their application becomes complete.

Application Checklist

Graduate school entrance exams are not required; however, those who have taken these exams are requested to provide their scores.

Detailed Application Material Information


  • Please complete our PDF application and submit the signed application with your supporting documents by mail to:
    University of San Diego School of Law
    LLM/MSLS Admissions
    Warren Hall, Room 203
    5998 Alcalaá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Application Fee

  • There is no application fee

Official Transcript(s) from All Undergraduate and Graduate Institutions

  • U.S. applicants must submit an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate school attended
  • Transcripts should be sent directly from the school, or may be submitted in a sealed envelope along with other application materials from the applicant
  • International applicants must submit an official English translation or certified evaluation of an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate school attended
  • For applicants from countries in which a university will only release official transcripts to the student, the applicant may submit a photocopy if a notary or other official third party certifies that the photocopy is a true and correct copy of the original document

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

  • Please submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae

Personal Statement

  • Please submit a brief personal statement which addresses:
  • Relevant professional experience
  • Reason for application to the MS in Legal Studies program
  • Any additional significant information

Writing Sample

  • Please submit a professional or academic writing sample (written solely by the applicant) that indicates the applicant’s writing ability.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Please submit a minimum of two original, signed letters of recommendation
  • Letters of recommendation should be from academic or professional sources
  • Letters may be sent directly to the LLM/MSLS Admissions by the recommender, or may be submitted in a sealed envelope along with application materials

Official TOEFL or IELTS English Language Exam Score

  • International applicants are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Minimum required TOEFL score:
    • 93 points on Internet-based TOEFL
    • 583 points on paper-based TOEFL
  • Minimum required IELTS score:
    • 7.0 points on academic IELTS
  • Please request that the test administrator submit the applicant’s official TOEFL/IELTS score directly to our office (TOEFL: institutional code 4849, department code 03)
  • Institutional TOEFL/IELTS scores are not accepted.

Notice Regarding Submission of Application Materials

Please keep a copy of all materials submitted to the LLM/MSLS Admissions. Once original transcripts and documents are submitted as part of an applicant's admission materials, they cannot be returned or photocopied by the LLM/MSLS Admissions for any reason.

Questions may be directed to (619) 260-4596 or


LLM/MSLS Admissions
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4596
Fax: (619) 260-2218


M-F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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