Admissions Requirements

Graduate Legal Studies accepts applications throughout the year on a rolling basis. Applicants to all programs are urged to apply as soon as possible for best consideration. However, we will continue to accept students to individual programs until all seats are filled for the upcoming term. We are unable to process incomplete applications, so please ensure that all required materials are assembled before submitting your application. Students should be notified of an admissions decision within 4-6 weeks upon receipt of a complete application.

Admission is highly selective. The admissions committee will conduct a holistic review of each applicant. The committee reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant, including an interview via Skype, telephone, or in person, if feasible.

Please visit our frequently asked questions pages for more information, or reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with further inquiries.

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Application Process for Domestic Students:

To fulfill all application requirements, please submit the following:

  • Completed Application: Students applying to the MSLA program must complete the DU Graduate Admissions application. To access the application, please click here

    NOTE: It can take take up to 10 seconds to move from page to page within the application. Please do not refresh your screen.
  • Personal Statement: Please upload a 1-2 page essay within the application explaining why you wish to pursue a career in Legal Administration.
  • Resume: An up-to-date resume or CV that lists previous career experience and educational history must be submitted to with all applications.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. After logging in to the application, there is a “create invitation” link under the “for others to complete” heading. Please click this link. It will bring you to a page to send out requests to recommenders. Recommenders will receive this invitation and upload their recommendations electronically.
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent directly from the institution to our office, or if they are sent by the applicant or a third party and they remain in an original sealed envelope from the institution. Transcripts sent to our office should be mailed to:
    Graduate Legal Studies
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    2255 E. Evans Avenue, Suite 390
    Denver, Colorado 80208

  • Processing Fee: There is a $65 nonrefundable processing fee required with each application.


Application Process for International Students:

To fulfill all application requirements, please submit the following:

  • Completed Application: Students applying to the MSLA program must complete the DU Graduate Admissions application. To access the application, please click here

    NOTE: It can take take up to 10 seconds to move from page to page within the application. Please do not refresh your screen.
  • Personal Statement: Please upload a 1-2 page essay within the application explaining why you wish to pursue a career in Legal Administration.
  • Resume: An up-to-date resume or CV that lists previous career experience and educational history must be submitted to with all applications.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. After logging in to the application, there is a “create invitation” link under the “for others to complete” heading. Please click this link. It will bring you to a page to send out requests to recommenders. Recommenders will receive this invitation and upload their recommendations electronically.
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent directly from the institution to our office, or if they are sent by the applicant or a third party and they remain in an original sealed envelope from the institution. Transcripts sent to our office should be mailed to:
    Graduate Legal Studies
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    2255 E. Evans Avenue, Suite 390
    Denver, Colorado 80208
  • Test Scores: We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process. Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the TOEFL. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your official test scores be sent to our office. We do not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from students. An institutional code is NOT required. For the TOEFL, please have ETS send your scores directly to our office, using the institution code 4842-03.
  • Financial Verification Form: Applicants must provide an original bank letter showing cash availability or official proof of scholarship/government sponsorship. Monthly bank statements will not be accepted. Photocopies of financial verification documents will not be accepted.
  • Processing Fee: There is a $65 nonrefundable processing fee required with each application.