MLS Degree Requirements

The MLS program requires the completion of 30 credits, which includes required courses and a specific number of core courses, with the remaining credits chosen from approved electives and independent study.

Students may pursue their course of study either full-time over a single year, or part-time over two years.

MLS application procedures


Priority application deadline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, applications received prior to June 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester will be given priority for admissions and available scholarship funds.

MLS application requirements

Residential MLS Programs

Applications for the MLS in General Studies, Health Law, Sports Law, or Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship should be submitted online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.

Online MLS in Compliance & Risk Management

Applications for the online program in Compliance and Risk Management should be submitted via our online application.

Application materials

Applicants must submit the following materials with their online application.

  1. Personal Statement
    1. Please discuss how your background has informed your decision to pursue an MLS degree, why you are specifically interested in the Seattle University School of Law MLS program, and how the program will serve your educational and career goals. You may include additional information you would like the admissions committee to consider.
    2. Your personal statement should be between 500 and 1200 words.
  2. A resume or C.V.
  3. A minimum of one (1) letter of recommendation from a current or former colleague, supervisor, or professor.  In addition to any information you wish for the recommendation to include, the letter should also address the following items:
    1. How they know you, how long they’ve known you, and how they are familiar with your work.
    2. Why they believe you will be successful in the program, supported with specific examples.
  4. Transcripts
    1. Please upload transcripts from all academic institutions where you have studied.
    2. A certified translation must be attached if the transcript is not in English.
  5. If English is not your first language, visit the International Students page for information about Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score requirements.
    1. TOEFL is waived for students whose first language is English, who attended an educational institution in which English was the primary language of instruction, or who worked in an English-speaking environment for one year or more.


No standardized test (i.e. GRE, LSAT) is required for MLS admission.


MLS Programs
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall 209
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-398-4173