Admission into the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Legal Studies online program is selective and based on meeting the requirements outlined below.
*Applications will be reviewed holistically, taking work experience and other factors indicating the likelihood of success in the Masters of Legal Studies program, into consideration.
*While we do not require an admissions test, prospective students may submit a GRE, LSAT, GMAT or other standardized test score to highlight applicant’s academic success.
A bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) from a regionally accredited university.
Applicants must submit a Statement of Interest expressing their experience as a working professional and identify the key factors of why/how the Master of Legal Studies degree will help them advance professionally.
In addition to the Statement of Interest, please include one professional or academic letter of recommendation from individuals you have known for a minimum of one year, presented on corresponding professional letterhead.
A resume relevant to academic and professional data demonstrating two plus years of professional experience. It should include the applicant’s name; address; phone; email; colleges attended with degrees; dates conferred; grade point average; employment history; professional experience; present employer; and names of references.
An overall 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher from all previous undergraduate coursework.
Official transcripts showing all undergraduate and graduate course work completed, including degrees granted and dates of degrees. Applicants whose previous degrees were earned at the University of Cincinnati may substitute “on-campus” transcripts.
Student will upload unofficial transcripts (from all college or universities attended) during the application process.
Official transcripts are not required until student has accepted an offer of admission from the university.
Learn more about the transcript submission policy.
International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores below to be considered for acceptance. International students are not eligible for student visas for online programs.
Have you already completed some graduate coursework? Graduate transfer credits, from a regionally accredited college or university, will be reviewed upon application. These credits must have been earned within the last five years prior to entrance into the program and can be used only for general electives. Talk to your enrollment advisor to discuss the petition process.
The Master of Legal Studies degree is a fully online, asynchronous program designed for working professionals who would benefit from a sophisticated understanding of the U.S. legal system but do not intend to practice law. Legal matters are interwoven with business operations as organizations must follow laws and regulations to legally operate. Graduates of the MLS degree program have the expertise to help their current employers stay within the legal regulations of operation.
You may have always had an interest in law but aren’t sure if law school is for you. Maybe your current work has you collaborating with legal professionals, and you want to increase your knowledge so you can move into a new role or accept new duties.
Our MLS degree with the University of Cincinnati Online provides you with new skills and knowledge to enhance your existing career.
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The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree provides options for people who are interested in furthering their education in law but do not necessarily want to attend law school to become an attorney. Our program is a fully online, asynchronous program designed for working professionals who would benefit from a sophisticated understanding of the U.S. legal system but do NOT intend to practice law. The MLS program provides new skills and knowledge to enhance your existing ones rather than to prepare you for an entirely new career. This degree will not permit you to take the bar examination and so it is not intended for people who want to practice law. Potential students may, but are not required to, submit a LSAT score upon application.
You may have always had an interest in law but unsure if law school is for you. If you have your bachelor’s degree, regardless of what subject it’s in, you’re eligible to apply for an MLS degree. Obtaining your MLS degree may provide you with opportunities to move into a new legal-focused career or advance your current career path, without becoming a lawyer.
Successful applicants to the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program will have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum GPA of 2.75. Applications will be reviewed holistically, such that work experience and other factors indicating the likelihood of success will be given considerable weight.
While the University of Cincinnati Online MLS program is not requiring any admissions test, prospective students may submit a GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or other standardized admissions test score to supplement their application. This is encouraged if the potential applicant does not meet the GPA requirement above.
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