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Master of Legal Studies Admission Emory Law Atlanta

MLS Admission

To be considered for admission into Emory Law’s MLS program, candidates must have received at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the time of MLS enrollment. Individuals already holding a first degree in law should consider the Master of Laws (LLM) program.

All applicants are considered holistically and admission is based on the applicant’s academic training, professional background, personal statement, and professional and academic references. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from either current/former supervisors or current/former professors or academic advisors. No GRE or other test scores are required.

An interview with one or more members of the MLS admission committee (in person or via teleconference) is also required of applicants. Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule the interview after an initial review of a completed application. Scholarships and financial aid are available; learn more about MLS tuition and financial aid opportunities

To Apply

  1. Complete the Emory Law application.
    • Create a Law School Admission Council (LSAC) account using the link above.
    • Add Emory Law to your “My School List” and then begin the Master of Legal Studies application.
  2. Attach the following documents to your application before submitting:
    • A brief Personal Statement addressing your interest in MLS Program
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • If these documents are not attached upon submission of the application, they must be emailed to
  3. Submit transcripts from each institution attended, both undergraduate and graduate.
    • Unofficial copies may be uploaded into the online application for review purposes only. Official copies should come from the institution and be emailed to or mailed to the physical address below.
    • LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) includes a Document Assembly Service (DAS) that may also be used to submit official transcripts. The DAS fee is $50.
    • Post-Secondary Transcripts outside the United States must be evaluated course by course by any accreditation agencies listed: WES, AACRAO, or ECE.  
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation are required.
    • Have recommenders email letters to You may not upload them directly to the online application.
    • LSAC’s CAS Document Assembly Service may also be used to submit letters of recommendation. The DAS fee is $50.
  5. Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores – only required for applicants whose native language is not English.
  6. When submitting the application, LSAC charges a one-time Electronic Application Processing Fee (EAPS). To request an EAPS waiver, email

LSAC CAS Document Assembly Service (DAS)

We prefer transcripts and letters of recommendation to be sent directly to us via email at You may also utilize the LSAC DAS to submit these documents. The DAS fee is $50 and can be purchased when submitting your application. When using this service, you must assign any transcripts and letters of recommendation specifically to Emory Law for them to be delivered with your application.

We will process your application after submission, but your application will only be complete when all required materials are on file. Any application materials not included with the online MLS application upon submission should be sent to the Office of Admission:  

Emory University School of Law
Office of Admission and Financial Aid - MLS Admission
1301 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

English Language Ability

Students in the MLS program should have English language skills at a level that enables them to read and discuss in class, difficult technical material. Daily class preparation is demanding and students with English language limitations may have difficulty. Only students who feel confident in their English language ability should apply.

For this reason, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required of applicants whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score of 90 or an IELTS score of 7.0 is expected. All aspects of each application are considered, and language skills are further evaluated through the interview. As such, candidates with lower scores may be considered. 

Applicants whose native language is not English but have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, may request a waiver of this requirement. Requests can be submitted via email to However, non-native English-speaking graduate students are tested separately from native English speakers in their courses and at times allowed extra time on exams. If a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS is granted during the admission process, the student will be exempt from this accommodation and will be tested as if English were their native language. Therefore, requests for waiver should be considered carefully and if there is any uncertainty about the language ability, a TOEFL or IELTS score submitted.