How to Apply
All MLS candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Admission will be offered to applicants on the basis of several factors, including undergraduate academic record, professional experience and expected commitment to the MLS program.
When to Apply
Applications are reviewed and decisions made on a rolling basis. For best consideration, it is recommended that you apply by April 15 for fall admission (August start) or October 15 for spring admission (January start). However, applications will continue to be accepted following the priority deadline so long as seats are still available.
Application Materials & Requirements
Official, Certified Academic Records
All MLS applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited American college or university or its equivalent from a foreign university. Official transcripts must be sent with degree conferred. All transcripts or other academic records must be official documents bearing the registrar's signature or the institution's seal. If transcripts are not in English, a certified English translation must accompany the original. WES (wes.org/students/icap/asp) and AACRAO (ies.aacrao.org/evaluations/) offer these types of transcript evaluation services.
Applicants must submit a written statement discussing your qualification and intentions for pursuing an MLS degree from the College of Law. The statement must be in English.
A resume is a required component of a completed application. The resume is not a substitute for the personal statement.
Letter of Recommendation
At least one, but no more than two, letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who can attest to the applicant's aptitude and intellectual capability for an academically rigorous program.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
Foreign nationals must meet the following additional requirements:
- An international applicant must hold a degree that is equivalent to the American undergraduate bachelor’s degree. International applicants should contact the LSAC for additional information regarding degree evaluation services.
- An international applicant whose native language is not English must either take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 88 (Internet based) or 570 (paper based) is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Official test results of the TOEFL or the IELTS should be sent directly to Willamette University College of Law. Applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores, but who are otherwise well-qualified for studies at Willamette, may be asked to provide additional application materials or to participate in an interview to demonstrate their English language proficiency.
- Applicants must be able to show they have sufficient resources to fund educational and living expenses for the one-year MLS program and provide the following:
- A completed Statement of Financial Responsibility form.
- Official bank verification of funds (written in English), showing that you and/or your sponsor have sufficient resources to cover your educational and living expenses for the one-year MLS program.
- A photocopy of the name/photo page of your passport showing your image and the correct spelling of your name.
All appropriate documentation must be sent by admitted students and received and approved by the College of Law before the school will send them an I-20 (Application for Student Visa).
Resources for International Students
"Study in the States" video for International Students
"Student to Student: Studying in the States" is a five-minute video created by the U.S. Office of Homeland Security to help international students understand what to expect once they arrive for their studies in the U.S.
Deposit and Tuition Payment
As an option for paying your deposit and/or tuition, we recommend you use peerTransfer. Visit www.peertransfer.com to learn more about peerTransfer and the service it offers.