As of April 26, 2021, the application deadline for Fall 2021 admission has passed. We are still accepting applications, but any applications received after May 3, 2021 will only be considered for the waitlist.


All applications to the M.L.S. program must submit materials through the UCLA Graduate Division.

Degree and GPA Requirements: M.L.S. applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0 of 4.0) or better, or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used. Applicants who have do not meet the minimum-GPA requirement and have substantial work experience may have the requirement waived at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. TIP

Students who have earned a J.D. are ineligible for the M.L.S. program. These students should consider applying to our LL.M. program.

Test Scores: Students who wish to apply for admission to our graduate program for the 2021-2022 academic year are not required to take the GRE/GMAT/LSAT or submit a GRE/GMAT/LSAT score report as part of their application package. However, students may voluntarily submit GRE/GMAT/LSAT test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration. The applications with GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores. TIP

Additional Required Materials
Applicants must also submit:

  • The UCLA Graduate Division application form that provides demographic information, education and employment history
  • A Statement of Purpose (up to 500 words, approximately one page) TIP
  • Personal Statement (up to 500 words, approximately one page) TIP
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation (max. 4) TIP
  • Resume / C.V. TIP
  • Transcripts from all education institutions TIP

Application Fee: The application fee is $120 ($140 for foreign students). This fee is set by the UCLA Graduate Division; the Master of Legal Studies department cannot waive the application fee. Please contact the UCLA Graduate Division directly for information about fee waivers.