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M.S.L. Application

The Master of Studies in Law degree program is a one year program for non-lawyers who want to obtain a basic familiarity with legal thought and to explore the relation of law to their disciplines.

To apply for the M.S.L. program, you must:

1. Have a doctoral degree or be a doctoral candidate in a field other than law, unless the applicant is a working journalist. Journalists must have at least a bachelor's degree.

2. Submit:
(a) the M.S.L. application form
(b) a current curriculum vitae
(c) a letter describing your professional experience and interest in the program
(d) transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
(e) three letters of recommendation from persons having knowledge of your academic ability and professional promise
(f) three to five examples of professional work for those applying as journalists
(g) official TOEFL report unless your undergraduate education or law degreewas completed in the United States, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (in English medium of instruction schools). Applicants who have at least a 4-year degree from the US or the countries listed above may request a waiver of the TOEFL [www.toefl.org]. Please be sure to specify Yale Law School's Institution code (3997) and department code (03). We require a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, and 100 on the Internet-based test.
(h)a $75 application fee

You can submit your application fee in the form of a U.S. postal money order, travelers check, or a check drawn on a bank with a U.S. branch indicated on the check, payable to Yale Law School. If the payment is mailed separately from the application documents, it should be sent to M.S.L. Program, Yale Law School, PO Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215.

You may also pay the fee by wire transfer to Bank of America, New York, NY, ABA Number 026009593; for credit to Yale University Account Number 0050296726 (for international bank transfers, please use the SWIFT number BOFAUS3N). The payment must be directed to the attention of Caroline Curtis, Yale Law School Graduate Programs. (All bank fees are the responsibility of the applicant.) Be sure your name is referenced for proper credit.

The Graduate Programs Office is not responsible for mis-directed checks or transfers.

We cannot accept cash or Western Union transfers.
We also cannot accept direct deposits into our account. Note that overpayment of application fees cannot by refunded. If requesting a fee waiver, please enclose a detailed note stating the reason(s) why payment of the application fee would represent a hardship for you. The application fee is nonrefundable and will not be credited to tuition in the event of admission.

Previous applicants who were not admitted to theMSL program must submit a completely new application and pay the application fee. Applicants who have been denied admission three times may not file further applications.

All M.S.L. admission decisions are made and announced in March. The letter of application, supporting materials, and the nonrefundable application fee of $75 should be submitted to the M.S.L. Program, Yale Law School, PO Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215, by January 12, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact the Graduate Programs Office.