Application Details, Fees & Schedule

The Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) degree program is a one-year program for non-lawyers who seek a basic familiarity with legal thought and to explore the relation of law to their disciplines.

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

  • 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); and
  • submit the following materials by January 10, 2023, to M.S.L. Program, Yale Law School, P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215:
  1. the M.S.L. application form
  2. a current curriculum vitae
  3. a typed statement of no more than three pages (double-spaced in 12-point font) explaining why the study of law is important to your professional growth and development.
  4. transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  5. three confidential letters of recommendation from persons having knowledge of the applicant's academic ability and professional promise (three letters of recommendation are required; however, we will accept up to five letters of recommendation). Letters of recommendation must either be mailed directly by the letter writers to the above address, or sent to the applicant in a recommender-sealed envelope for submission by the applicant.
  6. three to five examples of professional work (journalists only)
  7. an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report, unless the applicant's native language is English, or their undergraduate education was completed at an institution where the language of instruction is English. (Please be sure to specify Yale Law School's institution code 3997. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the Internet-based test.)
  8. $75 (USD) nonrefundable application fee (see below)

Final official transcripts may be certified electronic transcripts or traditional paper transcripts. In either case, they must be sent to us directly from the issuing institution or its authorized agent. If you have records from education completed outside of the United States, all of your attested documents from the issuing institution or government agency must be submitted in the original language. If the transcripts or other required documents are not in English, a certified translation must be included.

Application Fee Information

​Payment by check or money order
Payment may be made by a U.S. postal money order, traveler's check, or check drawn on a bank with a U.S. branch indicated on the check. Make checks payable to Yale Law School. If the payment is mailed separately from the application documents, it should be sent to the same address as above. We cannot accept cash payments.

Payment by wire transfer
Bank of America, New York, NY
ABA Number 026009593
Credit to Yale University Account Number 0050296726

For international bank transfers, please use the SWIFT number BOFAUS3N.

Payments should be directed to the attention of Caroline Curtis, Yale Law School Graduate Programs. All bank fees are the responsibility of the applicant. Be sure that your name is referenced for proper credit. We cannot accept Western Union transfers; we also cannot accept direct deposits into our account.

Note that an overpayment of application fees cannot be refunded. The application fee is nonrefundable and will not be credited to tuition in the event of admission. The Graduate Programs Office is not responsible for misdirected checks or transfers.

Previous applicants who were not admitted to the M.S.L. program and who wish to reapply 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.

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